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James Pearce

Politician from United States of America

James Pearce James Alfred Pearce (December 14, 1805 – December 20, 1862) was an American politician. He was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, representing the second district of Maryland from 1835–1839 and 1841-1843. He later served as a U.S. Senator from Maryland from 1843 until his death in 1862. Pearce was the son of Gideon Pearce and Julia Dick, and the grandson of Elisha C. Dick. Pearce was born in Alexandria, Virginia, and, as a youth, attended a private academy there. He graduated from the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University) in 1822. He later studied law, and was admitted to the bar, commencing practice in Cambridge, Maryland, in 1824. Pearce moved to Louisiana in 1825 and engaged in sugar planting, returning to Kent County, Maryland, in 1828, where he resumed the practice of law in Chestertown. From 1831 until 1835, Pearce was a member of the Maryland House of Delegates. He was elected as a Whig to the Twenty-fourth and Twenty-fifth Congresses, serving from March 4, 1835 until March 3, 1839, but was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1838 to the Twenty-sixth Congress, losing to Philip Thomas. He was again elected to Congress in 1840, and served one  ( Wikipedia article )

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Personal facts

Date of birth
1805-12-14
Place of birth
Alexandria
Nationality
United States of America
Profession
Lawyer, Politician

Political career

Party From To
Whig Party
Democratic Party

Education

Institution From To
Princeton University

Death

Date of death
1862-12-20
Place of death
Chestertown

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