John Tod Edit Profile
He attended the common schools and Yale College.
In 1800, he moved to Bedford, Pennsylvania, and later taught school while studying law. He was admitted to the bar in 1803 and commenced practice in Bedford. He served as a clerk to the county commissioners of Bedford County, Pennsylvania, in 1806 and 1807.
He next served in the Pennsylvania State Senate and acted as its President from 1814 to 1816. In 1820–1821, John Tod was elected to the Seventeenth and then later into the Eighteenth Congress and served until his resignation from Congress in 1824. He served as chairman of the United States House Committee on Manufactures during the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Congresses.
John Tod was presiding judge of the court of common pleas for the sixteenth judicial district 1824 from 1827, and was appointed associate judge of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in 1827. On March 27, 1830, John Tod died at about the age of 50 in Bedford, Pennsylvania. Interment in Bedford Cemetery.
In March–April 1824, John Tod was honored with a single vote at the Democratic-Republican Party Caucus to be the party's candidate for the Office of U.S. Vice President for the upcoming 1824 U.S. Presidential Election.
Member Pennsylvania House of Representatives, 1810-1813, twice speaker. Member Pennsylvania Senate, 1814-1816, president part of term. Member United States House of Representatives (Democrat) from Pennsylvania, 17th-18th congresses, 1821-1824.
Married Mary R. Hanna, 1817, 3 children.