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Isaac SOUTHARD

(1783-1850)

SOUTHARD, Isaac, (son of Henry Southard and brother of Samuel Lewis Southard), a Representative from New Jersey; born in Basking Ridge, Somerset County, N.J., August 30, 1783; educated at the classical school of his native city; engaged in the general merchandise business until 1814; appointed deputy collector of internal revenue for Somerset County; appointed a major of the Second Battalion, Second Regiment, Somerset Brigade, on February 17, 1815; was a director in the State bank at Morristown, N.J.; appointed one of the lay judges of the court of common pleas of Somerset on November 13, 1820; commissioned a justice of the peace on November 16, 1820; moved to Somerville, N.J.; county clerk of Somerset County 1820-1830; elected as an Anti-Jacksonian to the Twenty-second Congress (March 4, 1831-March 3, 1833); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1832 to the Twenty-third Congress; appointed a master and examiner in chancery by Gov. Elias P. Seeley in 1833; colonel in the New Jersey State Militia; State treasurer of New Jersey 1837-1843; resided in Trenton, N.J., for several years; lived in retirement until his death in Somerville, N.J., September 18, 1850; interment in the Old Cemetery.

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

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