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History and GovernmentCongressional BiographiesPennsylvania

Daniel STURGEON

(1789-1878)
Senate Years of Service:
1840-1851
Party:
Democrat

STURGEON, Daniel, a Senator from Pennsylvania; born in Mount Pleasant, York (later Adams) County, Pa., October 27, 1789; attended the common schools; moved to western Pennsylvania in 1804 with his parents, who settled near Pittsburgh; graduated from Jefferson College, Canonsburg, Pa. (later Washington and Jefferson College), and Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, Pa.; commenced the practice of medicine in Uniontown, Pa., in 1813; appointed county coroner; member, State house of representatives 1818-1824; member, State senate 1825-1830, serving as president 1828-1830; auditor general of Pennsylvania 1830-1836; State treasurer 1838-1839; elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy in the term commencing March 4, 1839, caused by the failure of the legislature to elect; reelected in 1844 and served from January 14, 1840, to March 3, 1851; was not a candidate for reelection; chairman, Committee on Patents and the Patent Office (Twenty-sixth Congress), Committee on Agriculture (Twenty-ninth through Thirty-first Congresses); appointed by President Franklin Pierce as treasurer of the United States Mint in Philadelphia 1853-1858; engaged in banking; died in Uniontown, Fayette County, Pa., July 3, 1878; interment in Oak Grove Cemetery.

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

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