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Henry Clay LONGNECKER

(1820-1871)

LONGNECKER, Henry Clay, a Representative from Pennsylvania; born in Allen Township, Cumberland County, Pa., April 17, 1820; was graduated from the Norwich Military Academy of Vermont and from Lafayette College, Easton, Pa.; studied law; was admitted to the bar and practiced in Easton, Pa.; served during the Mexican War as first lieutenant, captain, and adjutant in all principal engagements under General Scott; was wounded at the Battle of Chapultepec September 13, 1847; returned to Pennsylvania; district attorney of Lehigh County 1848-1850; elected as a Republican to the Thirty-sixth Congress (March 4, 1859-March 3, 1861); during the Civil War participated in organizing Pennsylvania troops and served in the Union Army as colonel of the Ninth Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers; resumed the practice of his profession in Allentown, Pa., in 1865; associate judge of Lehigh County in 1867; died in Allentown, Lehigh County, Pa., September 16, 1871; interment in Fairview Cemetery.

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

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