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William ADDAMS

(1777-1858)

ADDAMS, William, a Representative from Pennsylvania; born in Lancaster County, Pa., April 11, 1777; moved to Berks County, near Reading, and served as auditor in 1813 and 1814; commissioner of Berks County 1814-1817; member of the State house of representatives 1822-1824; elected as a Jacksonian to the Nineteenth and Twentieth Congresses (March 4, 1825-March 3, 1829); unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1828; member of the committee for the Deaf and Dumb Institution for the States of New York and Ohio; elected associate judge of Berks County and served from 1839 to 1842; captain of the Reading City Troop; largely interested in agricultural pursuits; died in Spring Township, Berks County, Pa., May 30, 1858; interment in St. John’s Church Cemetery, Sinking Springs, Pa.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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