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John Rea


Session Position District Party
1823-1824 15 Democratic-Republican
 Counties   Franklin


1755 - 1829

Born at “Rea’s Mansion,” near Chambersburg, Pa., January 27, 1755, the son of Samuel and (2nd wife) Martha (Greer Wallace) Rea, originally of Chester County; preparatory studies; served as lieutenant and captain with the Cumberland County (Pa.) Militia during the Revolutionary War, 1775-1780; promoted to Brigadier General in the Pennsylvania Militia after the War; and Major General, 27th Division, Pennsylvania Militia during the War of 1812; commissioned the first coroner of Franklin County, Pa., on October 20, 1784; member of the State house of representatives in 1785, 1786, 1789, 1790, 1792, 1793, 1801, and 1802; county auditor in 1793 and 1794; elected to the U.S. House of Representatives and served, March 4, 1803 to March 3, 1811; was an unsuccessful congressional candidate for reelection in 1810; returned to Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Robert Whitehill and served from May 11, 1813, to March 3, 1815; member of the State senate in 1823 and 1824, when he resigned; died in Chambersburg, Franklin County, Pa., February 26, 1829; interment in Rocky Spring Churchyard, near Chambersburg, Pa.  He married Elizabeth Culbertson.