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Frederick Augustus Conrad Muhlenberg

Frederick Augustus Conrad Muhlenberg, American clergyman, congressman. member Continental Congress from Pennsylvania, 1779-1780; member Pennsylvania House of Representatives, 1780-1783, also speaker; member Pennsylvania Convention to ratify United States Constitution, 1787; member United States House of Representatives from Pennsylvania, 1st-4th congresses, 1789-1797, 1st speaker of House of Representatives, also speaker in 3d Congress.

Background

  • Muhlenberg, Frederick Augustus Conrad was born on January 1, 1750 in Trappe, Pennsylvania, United States. Son of Henry Melchior and Anna Maria (Weiser) Muhlenberg.

  • Education

    • Attended U. Halle (Germany).

    Career

    • Ordained minister of Lutheran Church by ministerium of Pennsylvania, 1770. Pastor, Stouchsburg, Lebanon, Pennsylvania, 1770-1774, Christ Church, New York City, 1774-1776, churches of Hanover, Oley, New Goshenhoppen, Pennsylvania, 1776-1779. Member Continental Congress from Pennsylvania, 1779-1780.

      Member Pennsylvania House of Representatives, 1780-1783, also speaker. Member Pennsylvania Convention to ratify United States Constitution, 1787. Member United States House of Representatives from Pennsylvania, 1st-4th congresses, 1789-1797, 1st speaker of House of Representatives, also speaker in 3d Congress.

      President Pennsylvania Council of Censors, 1783-1784. Justice of peace, 1784. Registrar of wills and recorder of deeds for Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, 1784.

      Receiver general of Pennsylvania Land Office, 1800-1801. Partner firms Muhlenberg & Wegmann, importers, Muhlenberg and Lawersweiler, sugar refiners, both Phila.

    Membership

    Member Continental Congress from Pennsylvania, 1779-1780. Member Pennsylvania House of Representatives, 1780-1783, also speaker. Member Pennsylvania Convention to ratify United States Constitution, 1787.

    Member United States House of Representatives from Pennsylvania, 1st-4th congresses, 1789-1797, 1st speaker of House of Representatives, also speaker in 3d Congress.

    Connections

    • Married Catherine Schaefer, October 15, 1771, 7 children including William Augustus.
    • father: Henry Melchior Muhlenberg
    • mother: Anna Maria (Weiser) Muhlenberg
    • spouse: Catherine Schaefer
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    Born January 1, 1750
    Died June 4, 1801
    (aged 51)
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