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William MONTGOMERY

(1736-1816)

MONTGOMERY, William, a Delegate and a Representative from Pennsylvania; born in Londonderry Township, Chester County, Pa., August 3, 1736; served in the Revolutionary War as colonel of the Fourth Battalion of Chester County Militia; delegate to the provincial conventions of 1775 and 1776; moved to Northumberland County in 1776; elected in 1779 to the state assembly from Northumberland County and several times reelected; sent to Wyoming, Pa., in 1783 to settle boundary disputes; elected to the Continental Congress in 1784, but did not serve; appointed judge of Northumberland and Luzerne Counties in 1785; appointed deputy surveyor of Chester County on April 18, 1787; member of the first Pennsylvania state senate in 1790; appointed justice of the peace for Northumberland County in 1791; elected as an Anti-Administration candidate to the Third Congress (March 4, 1793-March 3, 1795); commissioned major general of Pennsylvania Militia in 1793 and served for fourteen years; associate judge of Northumberland County 1801-1813; upon the establishment of a post office at Danville, he was made its first postmaster and served from April 1, 1801, to April 1, 1803; died in Danville, Montour County, Pa., May 1, 1816.

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

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