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William Leigh BRENT

(1784-1848)

BRENT, William Leigh, (nephew of Richard Brent), a Representative from Louisiana; born at Port Tobacco, Charles County, Md., February 20, 1784; studied law and was admitted to the bar; moved to Louisiana about 1809 and commenced practice; appointed by President Madison as deputy attorney general for the western district of the Territory of Orleans; elected as an Adams-Clay Republican to the Eighteenth Congress and as an Adams to the Nineteenth, and Twentieth Congresses (March 4, 1823-March 3, 1829); affiliated with the Whig Party upon its formation; resumed the practice of law in Louisiana, and in Washington, D.C.; died in St. Martinsville, La., July 7, 1848; interment in St. Martin’s Catholic Cemetery.

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

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