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Joseph MONTGOMERY

(1733-1794)

MONTGOMERY, Joseph, a Delegate from Pennsylvania; born in Paxtang, Dauphin County, Pa., September 23, 1733; pursued classical studies and was graduated from Princeton College in 1755; studied for the ministry; licensed to preach by the presbytery of Philadelphia in 1759 and ordained as a minister in 1761; held several pastorates 1761-1777; commissioned a chaplain in Col. Smallwood’s Maryland Regiment of the Continental Army and served from 1777 until 1780; delegate to the general assembly of Pennsylvania 1780-1782; Member of the Continental Congress 1780-1782; recorder of deeds and register of wills for Dauphin County 1785-1794; justice of the court of common pleas 1786-1794; died in Harrisburg, Pa., on October 14, 1794; interment in the Lutheran Church Cemetery.

Bibliography

Forster, John Montgomery. A Sketch of the Life of the Rev. Joseph Montgomery. Harrisburg, Pa.: Printed for private distribution, 1879.

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

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