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John Benton STERIGERE

(1793-1852)

STERIGERE, John Benton, a Representative from Pennsylvania; born in Upper Dublin Township, near Ambler, Montgomery County, Pa., July 31, 1793; worked on a farm and attended school; taught at Puffs Church School; appointed justice of the peace in 1818; member of the State house of representatives 1821-1824; studied law; was admitted to the bar November 17, 1829, and commenced practice in Norristown, Pa.; elected to the Twentieth Congress and reelected as a Jacksonian to the Twenty-first Congress (March 4, 1827-March 3, 1831); chairman, Committee on Private Land Claims (Twenty-first Congress); delegate to the State convention to revise the constitution in 1838; member of the State senate 1839 and 1843-1846; delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1852; edited the Register; appointed by the State assembly as chairman of a commission to improve the town of Norristown; died in Norristown, Montgomery County, Pa., October 13, 1852; interment in Upper Dublin Lutheran Church Cemetery, Ambler, Pa.

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

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