John Read (1769-1854) — of Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pa. Born in New Castle, New Castle County, Del., July 17, 1769. Son of George Read and Mary (Howell) Read; married 1795 to Martha Meredith (daughter of Samuel Meredith); father of John Meredith Read; grandfather of John Meredith Read, Jr. Member of Pennsylvania state senate, 1816-17. Episcopalian. Died in Trenton, Mercer County, N.J., July 13, 1854. Burial location unknown.
Served in House of Reps.
Under an Act of Congress, of the 30th June, 1797, Mr. Read was appointed Agent-General of the United States, to act on their behalf under the direction of the Attorney-General, in relation to such claims as might be made against the United States, before the Commissioners appointed to carry into effect the sixth article of Jay's Treaty. Some of his labors are to be found in a book, published in Philadelphia, called " Arguments on British Debts,"»and which contains some ably written papers by Mr. Read