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John Goddard Watmough

Born: Dec 6, 1793

Death: Nov 27, 1861

Nationality: United States

John Goddard Watmough

Date of Birth : Dec 6, 1793
Date of Death : Nov 27, 1861

John Goddard Watmough was an Anti-Jacksonian member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania. John Goddard Watmough was born in Wilmington, Delaware. He pursued classical studies and graduated from Princeton College. He also did postgraduate work in the University of Pennsylvania at Philadelphia. He served in the War of 1812 as corporal in the Fourth Company, Fourth Detachment, Pennsylvania Militia, from May 13 to July 31, 1813. He was appointed second lieutenant in the Regular Army September 2, 1813 and brevetted first lieutenant August 15, 1814, for gallant conduct in the defense of Fort Erie in Canada, and resigned on October 1, 1816. Watmough was elected as an Anti-Jacksonian to the Twenty-second and Twenty-third Congresses. He was an unsuccessful Whig candidate for reelection in 1834 to the Twenty-fourth Congress. He served as high sheriff of Philadelphia in 1835 and 1836 and surveyor of the port of Philadelphia from 1841 to 1845. He discontinued active pursuits in 1854 and lived in retirement until his death in Philadelphia in 1861. Interment in Christ Church Cemetery.

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