HARPER, John Adams



HARPER, John Adams, a Representative from New Hampshire; born in Derryfield, N.H., November 2, 1779; attended Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter, N.H., in 1794; studied law; was admitted to the bar about 1802 and commenced practice in Sanbornton, N.H.; first postmaster of Sanbornton, N.H.; moved to Meredith Bridge (now Laconia, Belknap County) in 1806; clerk of the State senate 1805-1808; member of the State house of representatives in 1809 and 1810; served in the State militia 1809-1812; elected as a Republican to the Twelfth Congress (March 4, 1811-March 3, 1813); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1812 to the Thirteenth Congress; died at Meredith Bridge, N.H., June 18, 1816; interment in Union Cemetery.

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

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External Research Collections

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division

Washington, DC
Papers: In the William Plumer papers, 1774-1845, 1,800 items. Harper included among subjects covered.

University of New Hampshire Library
Special Collections

Durham, NH
Papers: 1810-1855, 1 volume. This bound account book contains the accounts of John A. Harper and William Burleigh. In addition, it contains the court docket of the New Hampshire Circuit Court of Common Pleas.
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