Jasper Packard

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Jasper Packard
Member of the
U.S. House of Representatives
from Indiana's At-large district
In office
Preceded byNew district
Succeeded byDistrict abolished
Member of the
U.S. House of Representatives
from Indiana's 11th district
In office
March 4, 1869 – March 3, 1873
Preceded byJohn P. C. Shanks
Succeeded byJames L. Evans
Personal details
BornFebruary 1, 1832
Austintown, Ohio, U.S.
DiedDecember 13, 1899 (aged 67)
Lafayette, Indiana, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Alma materUniversity of Michigan
Military service
Branch/serviceUnion Army
Battles/warsAmerican Civil War

Jasper Packard (February 1, 1832 – December 13, 1899) was an American attorney, Civil War veteran, and politician who served as a member of the United States House of Representatives for Indiana's at-large congressional district and Indiana's 11th congressional district.

Early life and education

Born in Austintown, Ohio, Packard moved with his parents to Indiana in 1835. He attended local public schools and graduated from the University of Michigan in 1855.


Packard then taught school and he settled in La Porte, Indiana. He studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1861. During the Civil War, he enlisted in the Union Army as a private in the Forty-eighth Regiment. He was promoted to first lieutenant on January 1, 1862. He served as captain September 12, 1862. He also served as lieutenant colonel of the 128th Indiana Infantry and was promoted to colonel June 26, 1865. He served as the Auditor of La Porte County from November 15, 1866, to March 1, 1869

Packard was elected as a Republican to the Forty-first, Forty-second, and Forty-third Congresses (March 4, 1869 – March 3, 1875). He served as chairman of the Committee on Expenditures in the Department of State (Forty-third Congress), Committee on Private Land Claims (Forty-third Congress). He was not a candidate for renomination in 1874.

He engaged in newspaper pursuits. He was later appointed commandant of the State soldiers' home at Lafayette, Indiana, on July 1, 1899.


Packard died in Lafayette on December 13, 1899, and was interred in the Soldiers' Home Cemetery.


  • United States Congress. "Jasper Packard (id: P000004)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved on 2009-5-12

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Indiana's 11th congressional district

Succeeded by
Preceded by
District inactive
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Indiana's at-large congressional district

Succeeded by
District inactive