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HARTLEY, Thomas, a Representative from Pennsylvania; born in Reading, Pa., September 7, 1748; completed preparatory studies; studied law; was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in York, Pa., in 1789; member of the provincial convention at Philadelphia in 1775; served in the Revolutionary War as lieutenant colonel of Irvine's regiment and as colonel of the Sixth Pennsylvania Regiment in 1776; commanded an expedition against the Indians in 1778; member of the State house of representatives in 1778; member of the council of censors in 1783; member of the State convention which adopted the Constitution of the United States in 1787; elected as a Pro-Administration candidate to the First, Second, and Third Congresses and reelected as a Federalist to the Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Congresses, and served from March 4, 1789, until his death in York, Pa., December 21, 1800; interment in St. John's Churchyard.

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External Research Collections

Historical Society of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA
Papers: In the Yeates Family papers, 1718-1876, 25 linear feet. Subjects covered in the papers include Hartley.

Newberry library

Chicago, IL
Papers: 1779, 1 item. Letter from Hartley to Edward Hand.

University of Virginia
Small Special Collections Library

Charlottesville, VA
Papers: 1776, 1 item. Subjects covered include Hartley.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Hartley, Thomas. Observations on the propriety of fixing upon a central and inland situation for the permanent residence of Congress: Humbly offered to the consideration of the honorable the members of the Senate and House of Representatives. [New York: N.p.], Printed in the year 1789.

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