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John WURTS

(1792-1861)

WURTS, John, a Representative from Pennsylvania; born in Flanders, Morris County, N.J., August 13, 1792; after his father’s death in 1793 the family resided in Montville, Morris County, and subsequently moved to Philadelphia, Pa.; was graduated from Princeton College in 1813; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1816 and commenced practice in Philadelphia, Pa.; member of the State house of representatives in 1817; served in the State senate in 1820; elected to the Nineteenth Congress (March 4, 1825-March 3, 1827); was not a candidate for renomination; United States district attorney 1827-1831; member of the city council of Philadelphia; president of the Delaware & Hudson Canal Co. 1831-1858; went abroad for his health in 1859; died in Rome, Italy, on April 23, 1861; interment in the family cemetery at Pleasant Mills, near Batsto, Atlantic County, N.J.

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

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