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John Goddard WATMOUGH

(1793-1861)

WATMOUGH, John Goddard, a Representative from Pennsylvania; born in Wilmington, Del., December 6, 1793; pursued classical studies and was graduated from Princeton College; also did postgraduate work in the University of Pennsylvania at Philadelphia; served in the War of 1812 as corporal in the Fourth Company, Fourth Detachment, Pennsylvania Militia, from May 13 to July 31, 1813; appointed second lieutenant in the Regular Army September 2, 1813; brevetted first lieutenant August 15, 1814, for gallant conduct in the defense of Fort Erie, Canada, and resigned on October 1, 1816; elected as an Anti-Jacksonian to the Twenty-second and Twenty-third Congresses (March 4, 1831-March 3, 1835); unsuccessful Whig candidate for reelection in 1834 to the Twenty-fourth Congress; high sheriff of Philadelphia in 1835 and 1836; surveyor of the port of Philadelphia 1841-1845; discontinued active pursuits in 1854 and lived in retirement until his death in Philadelphia, Pa., November 27, 1861; interment in Christ Church Cemetery.

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

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