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John Laporte (November 4, 1798 – August 22, 1862) was a Jacksonian member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania. He also was the 26th Speaker of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.

John Laporte
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 17th district
In office
March 4, 1833 – March 3, 1837
Preceded byRichard Coulter
Succeeded bySamuel W. Morris
26th Speaker of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
In office
1831–1832
Preceded byFrederick Smith
Succeeded byJames Findley
Member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
In office
1828–1832
Personal details
Born(1798-11-04)November 4, 1798
Asylum, Pennsylvania
DiedAugust 22, 1862(1862-08-22) (aged 63)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Political partyJacksonian

BiographyEdit

John Laporte was born in Asylum, Pennsylvania. He was Auditor of Bradford County, Pennsylvania, in 1827 and 1828. He was a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives from 1828 to 1832 and served as speaker in 1831 and 1832. Laporte was elected as a Jacksonian to the Twenty-third and Twenty-fourth Congresses. He was not a candidate for renomination in 1836. He served as associate judge of Bradford County from 1837 to 1845. He was interested in the development of the North Branch Canal and served as surveyor general of Pennsylvania from 1845 to 1851. He was engaged in banking at Towanda, Pennsylvania, from 1850 to 1862.

He died in Philadelphia in 1862, aged 63; he was interred in the family cemetery at Asylum, Pennsylvania, near Towanda. Laporte, Pennsylvania is named after him.

SourcesEdit

  • United States Congress. "John Laporte (id: L000094)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  • The Political Graveyard
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Richard Coulter
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 17th congressional district

1833–1837
Succeeded by
Samuel Wells Morris