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Condy Raguet



Session Office Position District Party
1817-1818 1 Federalist
1819-1820 1 Federalist
1821-1822 1 Federalist
 Counties   Philadelphia


1784 - 1842

Condy Raguet, economist, attorney, politician, and merchant, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, January 28, 1784, was the son of (most likely) Condy Raguet Sr., also a Philadelphia merchant, who died shortly after the War of 1812; educated at the University of Pennsylvania; hired as a merchant’s accountant; sailed to Santo Domingo in 1804, returning to Philadelphia after a few months to write “A Short Account of the Present State of Affairs in St. Domingo."  After a second excursion to the same place, 1805, he published "A Circumstantial Account of the Massacre in St. Domingo."  He pursued employment in the business world – finding it in 1806; actively participating and commanding in the defense of Philadelphia during the War of 1812. Condy studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1820; was appointed U.S. consul in Rio Janeiro, 1822-1827; and likewise appointed charge d'affaires in 1825, negotiating a treaty with Brazil. Originally a protectionist during the War of 1812 period, he returned to the United States in 1830 and edited several journals devoted to free-trade, contributing largely to the popular journal, the "Port-Folio."  He served in the state House of Representatives, 1814; the state Senate, 1818-1822; as president of the chamber of commerce; and was a member of the American Philosophical Society.  In 1839, he received an LL.D. from St. Mary's college, Baltimore; edited two volumes of the "The Free-Trade Advocate," 1829 ; the "The Examiner" (2 vols.) 1834-1835; "The Financial Register" (2 vols.) 1837-1839; and was the author of "An Inquiry into the Causes of the Present State of the Circulating Medium of the United States, " 1815; "The Principles of Free Trade," 1835; and a treatise "On Currency and Banking," 1839, which was republished in London (1839) and translated into French, 1840.   The senator married Catherine Simmons.  He died on March 22, 1842, Interred at Hood’s Cemetery, Germantown Ave. and Logan Street.