Jacob Edwin Meeker
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Jacob Edwin Meeker
Jacob Edwin Meeker
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Missouri's 10th district

March 4, 1915 - October 16, 1918
Richard Bartholdt
Frederick Essen
Personal details
Born(1878-10-07)October 7, 1878
Attica, Indiana, U.S.
DiedOctober 16, 1918(1918-10-16) (aged 40)
St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
Cause of deathSpanish flu
Resting placeUnion Cemetery, Attica, Indiana, U.S.
Political partyRepublican

Jacob Edwin Meeker (October 7, 1878 - October 16, 1918) was a U.S. Representative from Missouri.


Born near Attica, Indiana, Meeker attended the public schools. He graduated from Union Christian College, Merom, Indiana, in 1900, and from Oberlin Theological Seminary in 1904. While a student at Union Christian College he became pastor of a rural church in Vermilion County, Illinois. He was ordained as a minister in 1901 and assumed his duties in Vermilion County.

He was a missionary in Eldon, Missouri, for the Congregational Church in 1904. He moved to St. Louis, Missouri, in 1906 to take charge of the Compton Hill Congregational Church. He resigned in 1912. He studied law at Benton College of Law and was admitted to the bar in 1914.

Meeker was elected as a Republican to the Sixty-fourth and Sixty-fifth Congresses and served from March 4, 1915, until his death from Spanish flu in St. Louis, Missouri, on October 16, 1918.[1]

He was interred in Union Cemetery, Attica, Indiana.[2]

See also


  1. ^ Bernhard, Blythe (February 15, 2018). "When The 1918 Deadly Spanish Flu Hit, St. Louis Shut Down. The Quarantine Saved Countless Lives". LakeExpo. Jacob Meeker, a St. Louis congressman, died Oct. 16, six days after touring Jefferson Barracks. He was 40.
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