MUHLENBERG, Frederick Augustus

1887–1980

Biography

MUHLENBERG, Frederick Augustus, (great–great–grandnephew of Frederick Augustus Conrad Muhlenberg and great–great–grandson of John Peter Gabriel Muhlenberg), a Representative from Pennsylvania; born in Reading, Berks County, Pa., September 25, 1887; attended the public schools; graduated from Gettysburg (Pa.) College, M.S., 1908; University of Pennsylvania at Philadelphia, B.S., 1912; during the First World War served as captain of the Three Hundred and Fourteenth Infantry from September 1917 to March 1919; awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, Purple Heart with Palm, Legion d'Honneur, and the Croix de Guerre; became engaged as an architect at Reading, Pa., in 1920; city councilman of Reading, Pa., 1934-1938; Republican county chairman in 1935 and 1936; served as a lieutenant colonel and later as a colonel in the Corps of Engineers, United States Army, from December 1940 to March 1946; awarded the Legion of Merit; elected as a Republican to the Eightieth Congress (January 3, 1947-January 3, 1949); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1948 to the Eighty-first Congress; resumed the practice of architecture in Reading, Pa.; chairman, State Art Commission 1952-1963 and the County Planning Commission, 1958-1972; resided in Wernersville, Pa., until his death in Reading, Pa., January 19, 1980; interment in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va.

View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

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External Research Collections

University of Pennsylvania
Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Philadelphia, PA
Papers: 1938, 1 item. A letter of congratulation from Colister Craig, Frederick A. Muhlenberg, Raymond J. Richardson, Miles B. Dechant, and Frederick R. Shenk to Paul Philippe Cret in 1938.
Papers: 1939, 1 item. A letter between Frederick Augustus Muhlenberg and Paul Philippe Cret from 1939.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Muhlenberg, Frederick Augustus Conrad. Rede vor der incorporirten Deutschen gesellschaft in Philadelphia, am staat Pennsylvanien, am 20sten September, 1794. Philadelphia: Gedruckt bey Steiner und Kammerer, No. 85, in der Rees-strasse, 1795.

[Seabury, Samuel]. Tribute to the memory of Frederick Augustus Muhlenberg, M. D. [Boston: Marden & Kimball, printers, 1837].

Seidensticker, Oswald. "Frederick Augustus Conrad Muhlenberg: Speaker of the House of Representatives in the First Congress, 1789." Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography 13 (July 1889): 184-206.

Wallace, Paul A.W. The Muhlenbergs of Pennsylvania. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1950. Reprint, Freeport, N.Y.: Books for Libraries Press, 1970.

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