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William Plunkett MACLAY

(1774-1842)

MACLAY, William Plunkett, (son of Samuel Maclay and nephew of William Maclay [1737-1804]), a Representative from Pennsylvania; born in Northumberland County, Pa., August 23, 1774; attended the common schools; prothonotary of Mifflin County 1808-1814; member of the State house of representatives; elected as a Republican to the Fourteenth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Thomas Burnside; reelected to the Fifteenth and Sixteenth Congresses and served from October 8, 1816, until March 3, 1821; was not a candidate for renomination in 1820; member of the State convention to alter and amend the constitution at Harrisburg, Pa., in 1837; engaged as a surveyor and in agricultural pursuits; died in Milroy, Mifflin County, Pa., September 2, 1842; interment in Milroy Presbyterian Cemetery.

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

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