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Abraham Robinson McILVAINE

(1804-1863)

McILVAINE, Abraham Robinson, a Representative from Pennsylvania; born in Ridley, Delaware County, Pa., August 14, 1804; attended the common schools; engaged in agricultural pursuits in Chester County, Pa.; member of the State house of representatives in 1836 and 1837; elected as a Whig to the Twenty-eighth, Twenty-ninth, and Thirtieth Congresses (March 4, 1843-March 3, 1849); chairman, Committee on Expenditures in the Department of War (Twenty-eighth Congress); unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1848; resumed agricultural interests and also engaged in the iron business; died on his estate, “Springton Manor Farm” in Chester County, Pa., August 22, 1863; interment in Caln Orthodox Quaker Meeting Burial Ground near Downingtown; reinterment in Northwood Cemetery, Downingtown, Pa.

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

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