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David PETRIKIN

(1788-1847)

PETRIKIN, David, a Representative from Pennsylvania; born in Bellefonte, Centre County, Pa., December 1, 1788; completed preparatory studies; studied medicine and was admitted to practice; moved to Danville (then in Columbia County), Pa., and engaged in the practice of medicine; during the War of 1812 served as a surgeon with the Second Regiment of the Pennsylvania Riflemen; after the war returned to Danville, Pa., and continued the practice of medicine; also erected and operated a woolen mill; elected prothonotary of Columbia County March 15, 1821; member of the State house of representatives; served as postmaster of Danville from February 1, 1834, to March 21, 1837; elected as a Democrat to the Twenty-fifth and Twenty-sixth Congresses (March 4, 1837-March 3, 1841); chairman, Committee on Public Buildings and Grounds (Twenty-sixth Congress); died in Catawissa, Columbia County, Pa., March 1, 1847; interment in Petrikin Cemetery, Danville, Pa., which was later converted into a memorial park.

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

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