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Philander STEPHENS

(1788-1842)

STEPHENS, Philander, a Representative from Pennsylvania; born near Montrose, Susquehanna County, Pa., in 1788; received a limited education; engaged in agricultural and mercantile pursuits; coroner in 1815; county commissioner in 1818; sheriff in 1821; member of the State house of representatives in 1824 and 1825; elected as a Jacksonian to the Twenty-first and Twenty-second Congresses (March 4, 1829-March 3, 1833); chairman, Committee on Expenditures in the Department of the Treasury (Twenty-second Congress); was not a candidate for renomination in 1832; resumed agricultural and mercantile pursuits; died probably in Springville, Susquehanna County, Pa., July 8, 1842; interment in Stephens Burying Ground, Dimock Township, Susquehanna County, Pa.

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

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