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John GALBRAITH

(1794-1860)

GALBRAITH, John, a Representative from Pennsylvania; born in Huntingdon, Pa., on August 2, 1794; moved with his parents in 1796 to Allegheny Township, Huntingdon County, Pa., and subsequently, in 1802, to Centre Township, Butler County; attended the common schools; served an apprenticeship at the printer’s trade; taught school; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1817 and commenced practice in Butler, Pa.; moved to Franklin, Venango County, Pa., in 1822 and continued the practice of his profession; member of the State house of representatives 1829-1832; elected as a Jacksonian to the Twenty-third and Twenty-fourth Congresses (March 4, 1833-March 3, 1837); unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1836; moved to Erie, Pa., in 1837; resumed the practice of law; elected as a Democrat to the Twenty-sixth Congress (March 4, 1839-March 3, 1841); was not a candidate for renomination in 1840; again engaged in the practice of law; elected president judge of the sixth judicial district in 1851 and served until his death in Erie, Pa., and June 15, 1860; interment in Erie Cemetery.

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

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