John James Pearson

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John James Pearson (October 25, 1800 – May 30, 1888) was an American politician and judge from Pennsylvania who served as an Anti-Jacksonian member of the U.S. House of Representatives.


Pearson was born near Darby in Delaware County, Pennsylvania to Bevan and Anne (Warner) Pearson. He moved with his parents to Mercer, Pennsylvania, in 1805. He studied law, was admitted to the bar in August 1822 and commenced practice in Mercer County, Pennsylvania. He was elected as an Anti-Jacksonian to the Twenty-fourth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of John Banks and served from December 5, 1836, to March 3, 1837. He was not a candidate for renomination in 1836. He resumed the practice of law and served as a Whig member of Pennsylvania State Senate for the 20th district from 1838 to 1842.[1] He was appointed president judge of Dauphin and Lebanon Counties on April 7, 1849, and served until January 1, 1882. He died in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, in 1888 and was interred in Mount Kalmia Cemetery.[2]


  1. ^ "Pennsylvania State Senate - John James Pearson Biography". Retrieved 1 January 2020.
  2. ^ "John James Pearson". Retrieved 1 January 2020.


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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
John Banks
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 24th congressional district

Succeeded by
Thomas Henry
Pennsylvania State Senate
Preceded by
Isaac Leet
Member of the Pennsylvania Senate from the 20th district
Succeeded by
William Stewart