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John Strother PENDLETON

(1802-1868)

PENDLETON, John Strother, a Representative from Virginia; born near Culpeper, Culpeper County, Va., March 1, 1802; pursued preparatory studies; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1824 and practiced in Culpeper County; member of the State house of delegates 1830-1833 and 1836-1839; Chargé d’Affaires to Chile 1841-1844; elected as a Whig to the Twenty-ninth and Thirtieth Congresses (March 4, 1845-March 3, 1849); Chargé d’Affaires to the Argentine Confederation 1851-1854; empowered jointly with Robert C. Schenck, American Minister to Brazil, April 27, 1852, to negotiate a treaty of commerce with Paraguay and Uruguay; engaged in farming; died near Culpeper, Va., November 19, 1868; interment in the family burying ground, “Redwood,” Culpeper, Va.

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

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