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John James PEARSON

(1800-1888)

PEARSON, John James, a Representative from Pennsylvania; born near Darby, Delaware County, Pa., October 25, 1800; moved with his parents to Mercer, Pa., in 1805; attended private schools and a grammar boarding school; studied law; was admitted to the bar in August 1822 and commenced practice in Mercer County; elected as an Anti-Jacksonian to the Twenty-fourth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of John Banks and served from December 5, 1836, to March 3, 1837; was not a candidate for renomination in 1836; resumed the practice of law; member of state senate 1838-1842; appointed president judge of Dauphin and Lebanon Counties, Pa., April 7, 1849, and served until January 1, 1882; died in Harrisburg, Pa., May 30, 1888; interment in Mount Kalmia Cemetery.

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

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