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Frederick Augustus Conrad Muhlenberg

clergyman , congressman

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