After his school education he started to work as a teacher in Lippstadt and publicized radical writings in pre-revolutionary Prussia until 1847. In 1847 he decided to emigrate to the United States and boarded the ship Itzstein & Welcker sailing from Bremen on October 24, 1847 and arrived in New Orleans on January 6, 1848. She immigrated from Switzerland to the United States.
Anthony Eickhoff"s grandson was lawyer Henry Eickhoff, Junior.
(February 17, 1898 – August 12, 1954). First profession and journalism (1848–1856)
In Dubuque, Iowa he edited Der Nordwestliche Demokrat, later named Iowa Staatszeitung, from 1849 to 1850.
In Louisville, Kentucky it was Der Beobachter am Ohio, edited 1850–1852. Finally he settled in New York City: he edited Die Abendpost in 1852 and New Yorker Staats-Zeitung from 1854 to 1856.
He became naturalized in 1855 and practiced law.
Serving New York State, Congress and Treasury Department (1863–1889)
During the civil war he served as Commissary General of Subsistence for the State of New York troops, appointed in 1863. In 1864 he was elected to the New York State Legislature. In 1876 he was elected as Democrat to the 45th Congress as a representative of the 7th district of New York (March 4, 1877 – March 3, 1879), but was an unsuccessful candidate in re-election to the 46th Congress in 1878.
Later he was Fifth Auditor in the United States Treasury Department from August 1, 1885 to May 17, 1889.
Serving as New York City municipality official 1889–1901
In 1874 he was elected Coroner of New York City until 1876. He became the Fire Commissioner of New York City in 1889, re-appointed until 1896 and served as an Auditor of the New York City Fire Department from 1898 until his death in 1901.
He died on November 5, 1901 in New York City and is buried in Green-Wood Cemetery.