Henry Augustus Muhlenberg

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Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, circa 1848

Henry Augustus Muhlenberg (July 21, 1823 – January 9, 1854) was an American politician and Congressman (Democratic) representing the state of Pennsylvania.

Early yearsEdit

Muhlenberg was a member of the Muhlenberg Family political dynasty. He was born in Reading, Pennsylvania on July 21, 1823. His father, Henry A. P. Muhlenberg, was a Congressman and U.S. Minister to Austria; his grandfather, Joseph Hiester, was the governor of Pennsylvania.


Muhlenberg attended Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. He studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1844, practicing law in Reading, Pennsylvania. He was elected to the Pennsylvania State Senate in 1849, serving until 1852 when he was elected to the United States House of Representatives to represent the 8th Congressional district. He began Congressional service on March 4, 1853, and died less than a year later.


Muhlenberg died in Washington, D.C. on January 9, 1854, while in office. He was buried in the Charles Evans Cemetery in Reading.

His son, Henry Augustus Muhlenberg, III ran for Congress in 1892, unsuccessfully.

See alsoEdit


  • United States Congress. "Henry Augustus Muhlenberg (id: M001064)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  • The Political Graveyard
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Thaddeus Stevens
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 8th congressional district

Succeeded by
J. Glancy Jones