|Member of the U.S.HouseofRepresentatives |
from Pennsylvania's 4th district
March 4, 1795 – 1798
|Preceded by||New District|
|Succeeded by|| John Chapman |
Philadelphia,Province of Pennsylvania,British America
|Died||April 4,1827 63) (aged|
|Spouse(s)||Franconia Allibone (m. 1783) |
Maria Angelina Kemper (m. 1796)
Samuel Sitgreaves (March 16,1764 –April 4,1827) was a United States representative from Pennsylvania.
Born in Philadelphia in the Province of Pennsylvania,he pursued classical studies,studied law,was admitted to the bar in Philadelphia on September 3,1783 and began practice in Easton,Pennsylvania in 1786.
Sitgreaves was a delegate to the Pennsylvania Constitutional Convention in 1790,and was elected as a Federalist to the Fourth and Fifth Congresses,serving from March 4,1795,until his resignation in 1798. Sitgreaves was one of the managers appointed by the House of Representatives in 1798 to conduct the impeachment proceedings against Senator William Blount. On August 11,1798,Sitgreaves was appointed United States commissioner to Great Britain under the Jay treaty,regarding British debt claims arising from the American Revolution.
After his involvement in the Blount affair of 1797,Sitgreaves was considered the Congressional expert on treason. As such,Sitgreaves was asked to lead the prosecution against John Fries and the others responsible for carrying out Fries's Rebellion,an armed tax revolt among Pennsylvania Dutch farmers between 1799 and 1800. Sitgreaves was successful in his prosecution and the jury in the case found the men guilty of treason,but a second trial and an eventual pardon from President John Adams saved the rebels from execution.
Sitgreaves returned to Easton,Pennsylvania,where he served as a burgess from 1804 to 1807,helped to found the Easton Library (now Easton Area Public Library),served as treasurer of Northampton County from 1816 to 1819,and resumed the practice of law. He founded Trinity Episcopal Church in Easton on February 9,1819 and donated land for the church building which was consecrated by Bishop William White in October 1820. He was president of the Easton Bank from 1815 to 1827,and trustee to Lafayette College from 1826 to 1827. He died in Easton;interment was initially in the churchyard at Trinity Church and he was later re-interred in Easton Cemetery after its founding in 1849.
His sister Julianna married Lewis Allaire Scott,and was the mother of Mayor of Philadelphia John Morin Scott (1789–1858).
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