William E. Niblack
Niblack, from Who-When-What Book, 1900
Chairman of the House Democratic Caucus
In office
March 4, 1869 – March 3, 1871
Serving with Samuel J. Randall
SpeakerJames G. Blaine
Preceded byGeorge S. Houston (1861)
Succeeded bySelf
In office
March 4, 1873 – March 3, 1875
SpeakerJames G. Blaine
Preceded bySelf/
Samuel J. Randall (1871)
Succeeded byLucius Q. C. Lamar II
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Indiana's 1st district
In office
December 7, 1857 – March 3, 1861
Preceded byJohn Law
Succeeded byJames Lockhart
In office
March 4, 1865 – March 3, 1875
Preceded byBenoni S. Fuller
Succeeded byJohn Law
Member of the Indiana House of Representatives
In office
Member of the Indiana Senate
In office
Personal details
William Ellis Niblack

May 19, 1822
Dubois County, Indiana
DiedMay 7, 1893(1893-05-07) (aged 70)
Indianapolis, Indiana
Political partyDemocratic

William Ellis Niblack (May 19, 1822 – May 7, 1893) was a U.S. Representative from Indiana.

Niblack was born in Dubois County, Indiana, a cousin of Silas Leslie Niblack. He attended the country schools and Indiana University at Bloomington. He studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1843 and commenced practice in Vincennes, Indiana.

He was Surveyor of Dubois County. He served as member of the Indiana House of Representatives in 1849 and 1850, and served in the Indiana Senate 1850−1853. He served as judge of the circuit court of the third judicial district from January 1854 until October 1859, when he resigned. He moved to Vincennes, Indiana, in 1855.

Niblack was elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-fifth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of James Lockhart. He was reelected to the Thirty-sixth Congress and served from December 7, 1857, to March 3, 1861. He was not a candidate for renomination in 1860. He was again a member of the Indiana House of Representatives in 1862 and 1863, and served as delegate to the Democratic National Conventions in 1864, 1868, and 1876.

Niblack was elected to the Thirty-ninth and to the four succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1865 − March 3, 1875). He was not a candidate for renomination in 1874. He resumed the practice of law and served as judge of the Indiana Supreme Court 1877−1889. He moved to Indianapolis in 1889 and retired from public life. He died in Indianapolis, Indiana, May 7, 1893 and was interred in Crown Hill Cemetery.


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