Ernest R. Ackerman Edit Profile
He was educated at public and private schools and graduated from Plainfield High School in 1880.
He was elected as a Republican to the Sixty-sixth and to the six succeeding Congresses and served from March 4, 1919, until his death in Plainfield, New Jersey on October 18, 1931. He was buried in the family plot in Hillside Cemetery. Ackerman was a famous philatelist, and had created a number of award winning exhibits of postal stamps and postal history.
He was known for his famous collections of British Guiana and Spain, but he was regarded as an expert in postage stamps and postal history of the United States. His U.S. collection included scarce carrier and local stamps, United States Department stamps, and U.S. essays and proofs. A part of his valuable United States collection was bequeathed to the Smithsonian Institution’s National Postal Museum in Washington, D.C. Ackerman was named to the American Philatelic Society Hall of Fame in 2000.
Employed in cement manufacturing, Ackerman was a member of the Plainfield common council in 1891 and 1892. Ackerman was as a member of the New Jersey Senate from 1905 to 1911, serving as president in 1911. He was a delegate to the Republican National Conventions at Chicago in 1908 and in 1916 and a member of the board of trustees of Rutgers College, New Brunswick, New Jersey, 1916-1920.
He was a Federal food administrator for Union County, New Jersey during the First World War and a member of the New Jersey Board of Education 1918-1920. Ackerman was a member of the New Jersey Geological Survey and associate of the American Society of Civil Engineers.