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Duncan McARTHUR

(1772-1839)

McARTHUR, Duncan, a Representative from Ohio; born in Dutchess County, N.Y., June 14, 1772; moved with his father to western Pennsylvania in 1780; received a limited education; served in the Indian campaign in 1790 under General Harmer; moved to Maysville, Ky., in 1793 and was employed in the salt works; settled in Ross County, Ohio, in 1796; acted as a spy among the Indians; member of the state house of representatives in 1804; helped to organize the Militia and was commissioned colonel in 1805 and major general in 1808; served in the state senate 1805-1814 and was speaker in 1809 and 1810; raised a regiment of Volunteers during the War of 1812 and was commissioned colonel; elected as a Republican to the Thirteenth Congress, but never qualified, resigning on April 5, 1813; commissioned brigadier general of Volunteers in March 1813; Indian treaty commissioner in 1816; member of the state house of representatives in 1817 and 1818 and served as speaker; served in the state senate 1821-1823; elected as an Adams-Clay Republican to the Eighteenth Congress (March 4, 1823-March 3, 1825); chairman, Committee on Public Expenditures (Eighteenth Congress); declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1824; again a member of the state house of representatives in 1826; again served in the state senate in 1829 and 1830; Governor of Ohio 1830-1832; unsuccessful candidate for election in 1834 to the Twenty-third Congress; died in Chillicothe, Ohio, on April 29, 1839; interment in Grandview Cemetery.

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

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