John Wilson FARRELLY, Congress, PA (1809-1860)


FARRELLY, John Wilson, (son of Patrick Farrelly), a Representative from Pennsylvania; born in Meadville, Crawford County, Pa., July 7, 1809; received a limited schooling; was graduated from Allegheny College at Meadville in 1826; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1828 and commenced practice in Meadville; member of the State senate in 1828; served in the State house of representatives in 1837; again a member of the State senate 1838-1842; elected as a Whig to the Thirtieth Congress (March 4, 1847-March 3, 1849); chairman, Committee on Patents (Thirtieth Congress); was not a candidate for renomination in 1848; appointed Sixth Auditor of the Treasury by President Taylor and served from November 5, 1849, until April 9, 1853, when he resigned; engaged in the practice of law in Meadville, Pa., until his death, December 20, 1860; interment in Greendale Cemetery.

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