James ARMSTRONG, Congress, PA (1748-1828)


ARMSTRONG, James, (son of John Armstrong [1717-1795] and brother of John Armstrong, Jr., [1758-1843]), a Representative from Pennsylvania; born in Carlisle, Cumberland County, Pa., August 29, 1748; attended the Philadelphia Academy and the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University); studied medicine in Dr. John Morgan’s School in Philadelphia and was graduated from the University of Pennsylvania at Philadelphia in 1769; commenced the practice of medicine in Winchester, Frederick County, Va.; was a medical officer during the Revolutionary War; pursued medical studies in London, England, for three years; returned to Carlisle, Pa., in 1788; moved to Mifflin County, Pa., and practiced medicine there for twelve years; was appointed an associate judge; elected as Pro-Administration candidate to the Third Congress (March 4, 1793-March 3, 1795); was not a candidate for renomination in 1794; returned to Carlisle in 1796 and continued the practice of his profession; appointed as an associate judge of the Cumberland County Court and served from September 12, 1808, until his death in Carlisle, Pa., May 6, 1828; interment in the Old Carlisle Cemetery.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present