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Frederick Augustus MUHLENBERG


MUHLENBERG, Frederick Augustus, (great-great-grandnephew of Frederick Augustus Conrad Muhlenberg and great-great-grandson of John Peter Gabriel Muhlenberg), a Representative from Pennsylvania; born in Reading, Berks County, Pa., September 25, 1887; attended the public schools; graduated from Gettysburg (Pa.) College, M.S., 1908; University of Pennsylvania at Philadelphia, B.S., 1912; during the First World War served as captain of the Three Hundred and Fourteenth Infantry from September 1917 to March 1919; awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, Purple Heart with Palm, Legion d’Honneur, and the Croix de Guerre; became engaged as an architect at Reading, Pa., in 1920; city councilman of Reading, Pa., 1934-1938; Republican county chairman in 1935 and 1936; served as a lieutenant colonel and later as a colonel in the Corps of Engineers, United States Army, from December 1940 to March 1946; awarded the Legion of Merit; elected as a Republican to the Eightieth Congress (January 3, 1947-January 3, 1949); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1948 to the Eighty-first Congress; resumed the practice of architecture in Reading, Pa.; chairman, State Art Commission 1952-1963 and the County Planning Commission, 1958-1972; resided in Wernersville, Pa., until his death in Reading, Pa., January 19, 1980; interment in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va.


Seidensticker, Oswald. “Frederick Augustus Conrad Muhlenberg: Speaker of the House of Representatives in the First Congress, 1789.” Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography 13 (July 1889): 184-206.

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

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