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John LAPORTE

(1798-1862)

LAPORTE, John, a Representative from Pennsylvania; born in Asylum, Asylum Township, Bradford County, Pa., on November 4, 1798; attended the common schools; county auditor of Bradford County in 1827 and 1828; member of the State house of representatives 1828-1832 and served as speaker in 1831 and 1832; 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; associate judge of Bradford County 1837-1845; interested in the development of the North Branch Canal; surveyor general of Pennsylvania 1845-1851; engaged in banking at Towanda, Pa., 1850-1862; died in Philadelphia, Pa., August 22, 1862; interment in the family cemetery at Asylum, near Towanda, Pa.

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

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