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Ebenezer Dumont (November 23, 1814 ‚Äď April 16, 1871) was a U.S. Representative from Indianamarker, as well as a general in the Union Army during the American Civil War.


Born in Vevay, Indianamarker, Dumont pursued classical studies and studied law. He was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Vevay. He served as member of the State house of representatives in 1838. He served as the treasurer of Vevay from 1839-1845, and then signed up for military service during the Mexican-American War, serving as a lieutenant colonel of Indiana volunteers.

Upon his return to the Hoosier State, Dumont resumed his law practice. He served as member of the State house of representatives in 1850 and 1853.

During the Civil War, Governor Oliver P. Morton appointed Dumont as colonel of the 7th Indiana Volunteer Infantry, which, after seeing initial action in western Virginia, primarily fought in the Western Theater. Dumont was promoted to brigadier general of volunteers on September 3, 1861, and served until February 28, 1863, when he resigned from the army to resume his political career.

Dumont was elected as a Unionist to the Thirty-eighth Congress and was reelected as a Republican to the Thirty-ninth Congress (March 4, 1863‚ÄďMarch 3, 1867). He served as chairman of the Committee on District of Columbia (Thirty-eighth Congress) and the Committee on Expenditures in the Department of the Interior (Thirty-ninth Congress). He was not a candidate for renomination in 1866.

He was appointed by President Ulysses S. Grant as the Governor of Idaho Territory, but died in Indianapolis, Indianamarker, on April 16, 1871, before taking the oath of office. He was interred in Crown Hill Cemeterymarker.

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