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Isaac LEFFLER

(1788-1866)

LEFFLER, Isaac, (brother of Shepherd Leffler), a Representative from Virginia; born on his grandfather’s plantation, “Sylvia’s Plain,” Washington County, Pa., near Wheeling, Va. (now West Virginia), November 7, 1788; attended the public schools and was graduated from Jefferson College, Canonsburg, Pa.; studied law; was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Wheeling, Va.; member of the state house of delegates 1817-1819, 1823-1827, 1832, and 1833; member of the state board of public works in 1827; elected as an Adams candidate to the Twentieth Congress (March 4, 1827-March 3, 1829); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1828 to the Twenty-first Congress; moved to that portion of Michigan Territory that is now Des Moines County, Iowa, in 1835; admitted to the Des Moines County bar April 15, 1835, and practiced law; chief justice of the first judicial tribunal of Des Moines County April 11, 1836; after the creation of Wisconsin Territory April 20, 1836, served in the first legislature of the new Territory in 1836 and 1837 and served as speaker in 1837; member of the house of representatives of the Territory of Iowa in 1841; appointed by President Tyler United States marshal for the district of Iowa December 18, 1843; confirmed January 16, 1844, and served until removed by President Polk December 29, 1845; resumed the practice of law in Burlington, Iowa; declined the appointment of register of the land office at Stillwater in 1849; appointed by President Fillmore receiver of public moneys for the Chariton land district of Iowa August 30, 1852, and served until removed by President Pierce on March 29, 1853; died in Chariton, Lucas County, Iowa, March 8, 1866; interment in Aspen Grove Cemetery, Burlington, Iowa.

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

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