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WURTS, John

1792–1861

Biography

WURTS, John, a Representative from Pennsylvania; born in Flanders, Morris County, N.J., August 13, 1792; after his father's death in 1793 the family resided in Montville, Morris County, and subsequently moved to Philadelphia, Pa.; was graduated from Princeton College in 1813; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1816 and commenced practice in Philadelphia, Pa.; member of the State house of representatives in 1817; served in the State senate in 1820; elected to the Nineteenth Congress (March 4, 1825-March 3, 1827); was not a candidate for renomination; United States district attorney 1827-1831; member of the city council of Philadelphia; president of the Delaware & Hudson Canal Co. 1831-1858; went abroad for his health in 1859; died in Rome, Italy, on April 23, 1861; interment in the family cemetery at Pleasant Mills, near Batsto, Atlantic County, N.J.

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

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External Research Collections

Hagley Museum and Library
Manuscripts and Archives Department

Greenville, DE
Papers: In the Wright Family Papers, ca. 1785-1902, 16.67 linear feet. Subjects include John Wurts.
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