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Jacob Senewell YOST

(1801-1872)

YOST, Jacob Senewell, a Representative from Pennsylvania; born in Pottsgrove Township, near Pottstown, Montgomery County, Pa., July 29, 1801; attended the common schools and Fourth Street Academy, Philadelphia, Pa.; engaged in agricultural pursuits; publisher and editor of the La Fayette (Pa.) Aurora; member of the State house of representatives 1836-1839; elected as a Democrat to the Twenty-eighth and Twenty-ninth Congresses (March 4, 1843-March 3, 1847); chairman, Committee on Engraving (Twenty-ninth Congress); resumed agricultural pursuits near Pottstown, Pa.; United States marshal for the eastern district of Pennsylvania at Philadelphia, Pa., by appointment of President James Buchanan and served from 1857 until his resignation in 1860; resumed agricultural pursuits; died in Pottstown, Pa., on March 7, 1872; interment in Edgewood Cemetery.

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

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