Leonard MYERS, Congress, PA (1827-1905)


MYERS, Leonard, a Representative from Pennsylvania; born in Attleboro (now Langhorne), Bucks County, Pa., on November 13, 1827; attended private academic schools and the University of Pennsylvania at Philadelphia; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1848 and practiced in Philadelphia, Pa.; held local offices; major of the Ninth Regiment, Pennsylvania Militia, during the emergency service of September 1862; elected as a Republican to the Thirty-eighth, Thirty-ninth, and Fortieth Congresses (March 4, 1863-March 3, 1869); successfully contested the election of John Moffet to the Forty-first Congress; reelected to the Forty-second and Forty-third Congresses and served from April 9, 1869, to March 3, 1875; chairman, Committee on Foreign Affairs (Forty-second Congress), Committee on Patents (Forty-second Congress), Committee on Private Land Claims (Forty-third Congress); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1874; resumed the practice of law; died in Philadelphia, Pa., February 11, 1905; interment in De Benneville family cemetery.

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