ROBERTS, Jonathan, a Representative and a Senator from Pennsylvania; born near Norristown, Pa., August 16, 1771; privately tutored; apprenticed as a wheelwright; member, State house of representatives 1799-1800; member, State senate 1807-1811; elected as a Democratic Republican to the Twelfth and Thirteenth Congresses and served from March 4, 1811, to February 24, 1814, when he resigned, having been elected Senator; elected as a Democratic Republican to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Michael Leib; reelected in 1815 and served from February 24, 1814, to March 3, 1821; chairman, Committee on Claims (Fourteenth through Sixteenth Congresses), Committee to Audit and Control the Contingent Expenses (Sixteenth Congress), Committee on Public Buildings (Sixteenth Congress); member, State house of representatives 1823-1826; collector of customs at the port of Philadelphia 1841-1842; died on his farm, “Robertsville,” King of Prussia, Montgomery County, Pa., on July 24, 1854; interment in the Roberts family cemetery near Norristown, Pa.
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