Israel Jacobs

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Israel Jacobs
Member of the U.S.HouseofRepresentatives
from Pennsylvania's 3rd district
In office
March 4, 1791 March 3, 1793
Preceded bySee below
Succeeded bySee below
Personal details
Born(1726-06-09)June 9, 1726
Providence Township, Province of Pennsylvania, British America
Died ca. December 10, 1796(1796-12-10) (aged 70)
Providence Township, Pennsylvania, U.S.
NationalityAmerican
OccupationCongressman

Israel Jacobs (June 9, 1726 c. December 10, 1796) was a colonial Pennsylvania Legislator and United States Representative from Pennsylvania's 3rd congressional district.

Biography

Jaobs was born near the Perkiomen Creek in Providence Township in the Province of Pennsylvania. and attended the public schools. Later, he was engaged in agricultural and mercantile pursuits, [1] and was a member of the colonial Pennsylvania Assembly 1770–1774. [2]

In 1765, Jacobs became involved in land speculation in Nova Scotia when he joined a land company headed by William Smith, Provost of the College of Philadelphia. The company, which was granted The Township of Monckton that year, also included his brothers Joseph (b.1728) and Benjamin (b.1731). [3] Their sister, Hannah Jacobs, married the noted American astronomer David Rittenhouse. [4]

In 1790, Jacobs was elected to the Second Congress and served from March 4, 1791 to March 3, 1793. [1] He resumed agricultural pursuits, and died in Providence Township. His interment was probably in the graveyard of the Friends Meeting House in Providence. [5]

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References

  1. 1 2 Biographical Directory
  2. Pennypacker, p. 283
  3. Leonard W Labaree, ed. The Papers of Benjamin Franklin, (American Philosophical Society, 1968) Vol. 12, p 345-50
  4. J. Smith Futhey and Gilbert Cope, History of Chester County, Pennsylvania (Louis H. Everts, 1881) p. 612
  5. Political Graveyard


Preceded by
At large on a General ticket:
Frederick A. C. Muhlenberg, George Clymer, Thomas Fitzsimons, Thomas Hartley, Thomas Scott, Henry Wynkoop, Daniel Hiester and Peter G. Muhlenberg
Member of the  U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 3rd congressional district

1791–1793
Succeeded by
At large on a General ticket:
Thomas Fitzsimons, Frederick A. C. Muhlenberg, John W. Kittera, Thomas Hartley, Thomas Scott, James Armstrong, Peter G. Muhlenberg, Andrew Gregg, Daniel Hiester, William Irvine, William Findley, John Smilie, and William Montgomery