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Washington Townsend (January 20, 1813 – March 18, 1894) was a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania.

Washington Townsend
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 7th & 6th district
In office
March 4, 1869 – March 3, 1875 (7th)
March 4, 1875 – March 3, 1877 (6th)
Preceded byJohn M. Broomall (7th)
James S. Biery (6th)
Succeeded byAlan Wood, Jr. (7th)
William Ward (6th)
Personal details
Born(1813-01-20)January 20, 1813
West Chester, Pennsylvania, United States
DiedMarch 18, 1894(1894-03-18) (aged 81)
West Chester, Pennsylvania
Political partyWhig, Republican
Spouse(s)Elizabeth Barnard Townsend
Elizabeth Gibbons Townsend
ProfessionPolitician, Lawyer

Washington Townsend was born in West Chester, Pennsylvania. He attended a private school and West Chester Academy. He was engaged as a bank teller from 1828 to 1844. He studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1844 and commenced practice in West Chester. He served as prosecuting attorney of Chester County, Pennsylvania, in 1848. He served as deputy attorney under Attorneys General Darragh and Cooper. He was cashier of the Bank of Chester County from 1849 to 1857. He was a delegate to the Whig National Convention in 1852, and a delegate to the 1860 Republican National Convention.

Townsend was elected as a Republican to the Forty-first and to the three succeeding Congresses. He served as chairman of the United States House Committee on Public Lands during the Forty-third Congress. He was not a candidate for renomination in 1876. He again resumed the practice of his profession in West Chester, and served as president of the Bank of Chester County from 1879 to 1894. He died in West Chester in 1894. Interment in Oaklands Cemetery, near West Chester.


  • United States Congress. "Washington Townsend (id: T000337)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  • Washington Townsend at The Political Graveyard

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