John Freedley

John Freedley

Birth
Norristown, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 8 Nov 1851 (aged 58)
Norristown, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, USA
Burial Norristown, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, USA
Memorial ID 23621595 · View Source
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US Congressman, Lawyer, Businessman. Son of a brickyard owner, he was educated at the Norristown Academy and was admitted to the Montgomery County Bar. His knowledge of business and the German language were major contributors to a successful law practice. He invested the money he made in land and became a major speculator in the County. He operated a marble quarry which he sold in 1844. He was elected to the Thirtieth and Thirty-First Congresses as a Whig representing Pennsylvania's 5th District from 1847 to 1851. During his time in the House of Representatives, Freedley was a member of the Committee on Revolutionary Pensions. While he drafted no major legislation, his voting reflected the attitude of his Montgomery County constituents. In 1848 he opened a soapstone quarry along the Schuylkill River in Whitemarsh Township; he operated this business until his death. Freedley was also one of the incorporators and a trustee of Montgomery Cemetery.

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 23621595
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for John Freedley (22 May 1793–8 Nov 1851), Find A Grave Memorial no. 23621595, citing Montgomery Cemetery, Norristown, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .