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Robert Waln

Born: Feb 22, 1765

Death: Jan 24, 1836

Birthplace: Philadelphia

Profession: Politician

Nationality: United States

Robert Waln

Date of Birth : Feb 22, 1765
Date of Death : Jan 24, 1836
Birth Place : Philadelphia

Robert Waln was a United States Representative from Pennsylvania. Born in Philadelphia, he received a limited schooling, engaged in mercantile pursuits and in East India and China trade, was a member of the Pennsylvania Legislature for several years, and was a member of the city council of Philadelphia, serving as president of the select council. Waln was elected as a Federalist to the Fifth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of John Swanwick. He was reelected to the Sixth Congress and served from December 3, 1798 to March 3, 1801. He became interested in the operation of ironworks and during the War of 1812 erected a cotton factory in Trenton, New Jersey. He served as president of the Philadelphia Insurance Co. and as a trustee of the University of Pennsylvania. He died in Philadelphia; interment was in Arch Street Friends Meeting House Burial Ground.


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