George Nicholas Eckert

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George N. Eckert
7th Director of the United States Mint
In office
PresidentMillard Fillmore
Franklin Pierce
Preceded byRobert M. Patterson
Succeeded byThomas M. Pettit
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 14th district
In office
March 4, 1847 – March 3, 1849
Preceded byAlexander Ramsey
Succeeded byCharles Wesley Pitman
Personal details
Born(1802-07-04)July 4, 1802
Womelsdorf, Pennsylvania, US
DiedJune 28, 1865(1865-06-28) (aged 62)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US
Resting placeLaurel Hill Cemetery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Political partyWhig

George Nicholas Eckert (July 4, 1802 – June 28, 1865) was an American politician from Pennsylvania who served as a Whig member of the U.S. House of Representatives for Pennsylvania's 14th congressional district from 1847 to 1849. He also served as the 7th Director of the United States Mint from 1851 to 1853.

Early life and education[edit]

George N. Eckert was born in Womelsdorf, Pennsylvania. He graduated from the medical department of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia in 1824[1] and commenced practice in Reading, Pennsylvania. He was one of the organizers of Berks County Medical Society in 1824. He moved to Pine Grove, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, and engaged in the coal and iron trade.[2]

Political career[edit]

Eckert was elected as a Whig to the Thirtieth Congress. He was appointed Director of the United States Mint at Philadelphia by President Millard Fillmore and served from June 1851 to June 6, 1853. He died in Philadelphia in 1865 and was interred in Laurel Hill Cemetery.[2][3]


  1. ^ Maxwell, W.J. (1917). General Alumni Catalogue of the. University of Pennsylvania General Alumni Society. p. 586. Retrieved 12 August 2021.
  2. ^ a b "ECKERT, George Nicholas 1802-1865". Retrieved 12 August 2021.
  3. ^ "George N. Eckert". Laurel Hill Cemetery. Retrieved May 26, 2022.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 14th congressional district

Succeeded by
Government offices
Preceded by 7th Director of the United States Mint
Succeeded by