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Joseph HENDERSON

(1791-1863)

HENDERSON, Joseph, a Representative from Pennsylvania; born in Shippensburg, Cumberland County, Pa., August 2, 1791; moved with his parents to Center County, Pa., in 1802; attended the public schools and was graduated from the Jefferson Medical College at Philadelphia in 1813; during the War of 1812 was commissioned first lieutenant in the Twenty-second Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers, in the spring of 1813; promoted to captain in the fall of the same year; brevetted major and given command of a regiment in 1814; settled at Browns Mills, Pa., at the close of the war and engaged in the practice of medicine; elected as a Jacksonian to the Twenty-third and Twenty-fourth Congresses (March 4, 1833-March 3, 1837); was not a candidate for renomination in 1836; moved to Lewistown, Pa., in 1850 and continued the practice of medicine; died in Lewistown, Pa., December 25, 1863; interment in St. Mark’s Cemetery.

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

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