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James M. WALLACE

(1750-1823)

WALLACE, James M., a Representative from Pennsylvania; born in Hanover Township, Lancaster (now Dauphin) County, Pa., in 1750; pursued preparatory studies in Philadelphia; participated in the Revolution as a member of Capt. James Roger’s, Col. Timothy Green’s, and Capt. William Brown’s companies, and at the close of the war was major of a battalion of Associators; commanded a company of rangers in defense of the frontier in 1779; became major of the Dauphin County Militia in 1796; one of the commissioners of the county 1799-1801; member of the State house of representatives 1806-1810; elected as a Republican to the Fourteenth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the declination of Amos Ellmaker to serve; reelected to the Fifteenth and Sixteenth Congresses and served from October 10, 1815, to March 3, 1821; declined to be a candidate for renomination and retired to his farm; died near Hummelstown, West Hanover Township, Dauphin County, Pa., December 17, 1823; interment in the Old Derry Church Graveyard, Derry (now Hershey), Pa.

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

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