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Thomas HARTLEY

(1748-1800)

HARTLEY, Thomas, a Representative from Pennsylvania; born in Reading, Pa., September 7, 1748; completed preparatory studies; studied law; was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in York, Pa., in 1789; member of the provincial convention at Philadelphia in 1775; served in the Revolutionary War as lieutenant colonel of Irvine’s regiment and as colonel of the Sixth Pennsylvania Regiment in 1776; commanded an expedition against the Indians in 1778; member of the State house of representatives in 1778; member of the council of censors in 1783; member of the State convention which adopted the Constitution of the United States in 1787; elected as a Pro-Administration candidate to the First, Second, and Third Congresses and reelected as a Federalist to the Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Congresses, and served from March 4, 1789, until his death in York, Pa., December 21, 1800; interment in St. John’s Churchyard.

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

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