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James SEARLE

(1730-1797)

SEARLE, James, a Delegate from Pennsylvania; born in New York City in 1730; completed preparatory studies; engaged in business at Madeira in 1757; moved to Philadelphia, Pa., in 1762; one of the managers of the United States lottery 1776-1778; member of the Navy board in 1778; Member of the Continental Congress 1778-1780; trustee of the University of Pennsylvania at Philadelphia 1779-1781; was commissioner to France and Holland to negotiate a loan for the state of Pennsylvania 1780-1782, but was unsuccessful; located in New York City in 1784 as agent for an importing house; returned to Pennsylvania in 1785; died in Philadelphia, Pa., on August 7, 1797; interment in St. Peter’s Churchyard.

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

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