CADWALADER, John

1805–1879

Biography

CADWALADER, John, a Representative from Pennsylvania; born in Philadelphia, Pa., April 1, 1805; was graduated from the University of Pennsylvania at Philadelphia in 1821; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1825 and commenced practice in Philadelphia; solicitor for the Bank of the United States in 1830; captain of a military company during the riots of 1844 in Philadelphia; elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-fourth Congress (March 4, 1855-March 3, 1857); declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1856; resumed the practice of law in Philadelphia; appointed judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania in 1858 and served until his death in Philadelphia, Pa., January 26, 1879; interment in Christ Churchyard.

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

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External Research Collections

Historical Society of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA
Papers: 1826-1840, 125 pages. A ledger from John Cadwalader with an index for fees charged and other legal matters.
Papers: In the Cadwalader Family Papers, ca. 1630-1900, 300 linear feet. Persons represented include John Cadwalader.

Library of Congress
Law Library Reading Room

Washington, DC
Papers: ca. 1823-1840, 1 notebook. Notes on John Cadwalader's practice in Pennsylvania.

Temple University
Law Library

Philadelphia, PA
Papers: 1839, 250 leaves. Bench book of Judge Cadwalader: manuscript court records.

The University of Chicago
Special Collections Research Center

Chicago, IL
Papers: 1852, 1 item. A letter from John Cadwalader to Henry Alexander Wise written on May 26, 1852.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Bar of Philadelphia. Proceedings of a meeting of the Bar of Philadelphia relative to the death of Charles J. Biddle and a memoir of the deceased by the Hon. John Cadwalader, read before the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. Philadelphia: Collins, Printer, 1874.

Cadwalader, John. Cadwalder's cases; being decisions of the Hon. John Cadwalader. Philadelphia: R. Welsh & Co., 1907.

------. The general title of the Penn family to Pennsylvania, an abstract prepared by the honorable John Cadwalader ... deceased, continued to the present time by William Brooke Rawle, A.M. Philadelphia: N.p., 1900.

------. Memoir of Charles John Biddle. Philadelphia: Historical Society of Pennsylvania, 1874.

------. Remarks of Mr. Cadwalader, of Penn'a, on the delay to organize the House of Representatives of the Thirty-fourth Congress. Washington: Printed at the Congressional Globe Office, 1855.

------. Speech of Hon. John Cadwalader, of Pennsylvania, on the legislation of the United States upon the subject of slavery in the territories. Washington: Printed at the Congressional Globe Office, 1856.

Samuel, John. Cadwalader's Office. Philadelphia: Printed for the Law Association by G. H. Buchanan Company, [1904?]

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