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James McSHERRY

(1776-1849)

McSHERRY, James, a Representative from Pennsylvania; born in Littlestown, Adams County, Pa., July 29, 1776; attended the Lancaster (Pa.) Academy; engaged in mercantile pursuits; member of the State house of representatives 1807-1812; served in the state senate in 1813; during the War of 1812 served in the defense of the city of Baltimore; delegate to the state constitutional convention of 1837 and 1838; elected as a Federalist to the Seventeenth Congress (March 4, 1821-March 3, 1823); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1822 to the Eighteenth Congress; again a member of the state house of representatives 1824-1830, 1834, and 1835; resumed mercantile pursuits; died in Littlestown, Pa., February 3, 1849; interment in St. Aloysius’ Catholic Cemetery.

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

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