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Lemuel PAYNTER

(1788-1863)

PAYNTER, Lemuel, a Representative from Pennsylvania; born in Lewes, Sussex County, Del., in 1788; attended the common schools; moved to Philadelphia, Pa.; served in the War of 1812 and became major and lieutenant colonel of the Ninety-third Regiment, Pennsylvania Militia; member of the board of commissioners of the Southwark district for many years and also served as president of the board; member of the guardians of the poor and also school director; elected a member of the State senate in 1833; elected as a Democrat to the Twenty-fifth and Twenty-sixth Congresses (March 4, 1837-March 3, 1841); was not a candidate for renomination in 1840; again served as a member of the board of commissioners of the Southwark district; died in Philadelphia, Pa., August 1, 1863; interment in Union Sixth Street Cemetery.

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

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