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Thomas HENRY

(1779-1849)

HENRY, Thomas, a Representative from Pennsylvania; born in County Down, Ireland, in 1779; immigrated to America and settled in Beaver, Pa., in 1798; appointed justice of the peace by Governor Snyder December 24, 1808; elected county commissioner in 1810; captain of a company that went from Beaver to help defend the northern frontier from a threatened British invasion in 1814; elected a member of the State house of representatives in 1815; prothonotary and clerk of courts 1816-1821; elected sheriff of the county in 1821; proprietor and editor of the Western Argus 1821-1831; county treasurer in 1828 and 1829; elected as an Anti-Masonic candidate to the Twenty-fifth and Twenty-sixth Congresses and reelected as a Whig to the Twenty-seventh Congress (March 4, 1837-March 3, 1843); died in Beaver, Pa., July 20, 1849; interment in Old Beaver Cemetery.

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

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