Ingersoll, Ezekiel J. | Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center
According to the Egyptian of March 3, 1925, Ezekiel J. Ingersoll was born in Greensburg, Indiana, on November 18, 1836. Two years later his family moved to Paris, Illinois, and on June 6, 1859, to Carbondale, Illinois. Soon after moving to Carbondale, he became the proprietor of a jewelry business, located in Carbondale.
During the Civil War, Ingersoll served in the Union Army, enlisting on July 20, 1862, in Company H, 73rd Illinois Infantry. He was wounded twice, once at the Battle of Chickamauga, and once at the Battle of Franklin. He achieved the rank of Captain after the Battle of Stone River.
He was elected mayor of Carbondale, Illinois, four times and also served as Representative in the 39th General Assembly of the Congress of Illinois. As Representative, he helped secure, in 1895, a forty-thousand-dollar appropriation for a science building to be built at Southern Illinois Normal University.
The Egyptian article states that he was a member of the Board of Trustees of the university for 16 to 18 years; but according to the Historical Bulletin of SINU, compiled in 1914, and to the diaries of George H. French, he served as trustee for a total of only 13 years. He was first appointed as Secretary of the Board of Trustees in 1885, serving in that position for 8 years. French states in his diary that Ingersoll resigned on May 13, 1893. He was reappointed on February 19, 1900, as a member, and served the second time for 5 years.
Ingersoll died at the age of 88 on February 26, 1925.
The Egyptian. Vol. V., No. 22. March 3, 1925, p. 8.
French, George H. Diaries, 1893, 1900, 1918, and 1925.
Lentz, Eli G. Seventy-Five Years in Retrospect, 1874-1949. Carbondale: University Editorial Board, 1955, p. 48.
Parkinson, Daniel B. A Historical Bulletin of the Southern Illinois State Normal University. Carbondale: Bureau of Publicity, April 1914, p. 27.