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McCLENACHAN, Blair, a Representative from Pennsylvania; born in Ireland, birth date unknown; immigrated to the United States at an early age and settled in Philadelphia, Pa.; engaged in mercantile pursuits and in banking and shipping; one of the founders of and served with the First Troop of Philadelphia Cavalry during the Revolutionary War; in 1780 he subscribed a large sum of money to help the American forces and aided the Continental Congress with money and credit; member of the State house of representatives, 1790-1795; elected as a Republican to the Fifth Congress (March 4, 1797-March 3, 1799); died in Philadelphia, Pa., May 8, 1812; interment in a vault in St. Paul's Cemetery.

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: In the Pennsylvania Court of Admiralty Records, 1770-1804, 3 linear feet. The records include papers of Blair McClenachan in account with Matthew Clarkson, 1777-1801.

New-York Historical Society

New York, NY
Papers: 1801 and 1811, 3 letters. The personal and official correspondence of Blair McClenachan includes three letters from August 3, 1801 and October 25, 1811. A finding aid is available in the repository.

New York State Library
Manuscripts and Special Collections

Albany, NY
Papers: In the United States Congress Resolutions Regarding the Lottery, 1777, 2 pages. Subjects in the resolutions dated February 26, 1777, include Blair McClenachan.
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