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GEORGE D. ACKER, farmer, P.O., Fostoria, was born in Clarion County, Penn., February 6, 1834, son of George and Catherine (Delp) Acker, of German descent, and who settled in Washington Township, Hancock Co., Ohio, in April, 1853. They were parents of ten children, of whom nine grew to maturity: Mary, wife of Enoch Farmer; Susan, wife of Audridge Cathon; George D.; Christian K.; Andrew I.; William J.; Warren A.; Thomas G., Sevilla E., wife of Jacob Eckert, and Ellen J., wife of Robert Hooton. Our subject remained in his native county until eleven years of age, then moved with his parents to Mahoning County, Ohio, where they resided eight years. George D. Acker received a common school education, and in 1853 located in Fostoria, serving a three years' apprenticeship at the shoe-maker's trade with J. Q. Albert, after which he worked as journeyman up to 1802. During the late war of the Rebellion he enlisted, August 18, 1862, in Company I, One Hundred and Twenty-third Ohio Volunteer Infantry, serving as a private up to April 6, 1863, when he was promoted to second lieutenant, and January 6, 1865, was promoted to first lieutenant. June 15, 1863, he was wounded, taken prisoner at Winchester, Va., and confined in Libby Prison eleven months; from there he was transferred successively to Danville, Va., Macon and Savannah, Ga., Charleston and Columbia, S. C., escaping from the last named point November 3, 1864. He reported to the Union Army at Dalton, Ga., whence he was sent to Gen. Steedman, at Chattanooga, Tenn., and ordered to the officers' hospital on Lookout Mountain. January 20, 1865, he reported in person to Secretary Stanton, at Washington, D. C., by whom he was given thirty days to report to his regiment. After rejoining his regiment he was sent before a board of medical examiners, who ordered his discharge on account of disability March 16, 1865. He immediately returned to Fostoria, this county, and was appointed street commissioner for one year. After this he engaged as clerk till 1874, when he was elected sheriff of Seneca County and re-elected in 1876, serving two terms; in 1879. Mr. Acker located on the farm he now occupies in Loudon Township. He was married, May 3, 1857, to Julia A., daughter of Washington and Mary Henry, of Fostoria, Ohio, and by her he has had three children: Elmer W., Frank (deceased) and Ada (deceased). Mr. Acker is a F. & A. M., and a member of the G. A. R. He was a member of Fostoria city council in 1866. Politically he is a Democrat.