05/11/1786 - 01/18/1871

BRACKENRIDGE, Henry Marie, a Representative from Allegheny County; born, May 11, 1786 in Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pa.; attended, French Academy, Louisiana; lawyer (1806-1810); appointed, Deputy Attorney General of the Territory of Orleans (1811); district judge, Louisiana (1812); appointed, commissioner, United States Frigate Congress to South America (1817-1818); judge, Western District of Florida (1821-1832); elected, United States Congress (Special Election, 1840-1841); appointed, commissioner,  United States Treaty with Mexico (1841); elected as a Whig to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives to serve the 1846 term; not a candidate for reelection to the House for the 1847 term; elected, delegate, State Whig Convention (1846); died, January 18, 1871 in Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania; interred, Prospect Cemetery, Brackenridge, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania.



Brackenridge, H. M.  Views of Louisiana, Together with a Journal of the Voyage up the Missiouri River.  Pittsburgh: s.p. 1814.

Brackenridge, H. M.  Voyage to South America: Performed by Order of the Government, in the Years 1817 and 1818 in the Frigate Congress.  Pittsburgh: s.p., 1819.

Brackenridge, H. M.  History of the Late War Between the United States and Great Britain: Comprising of a Minute Account of the Various Military and Naval Operations.  Philadelphia : J. Kay, Jun. & Brother, 1839.

Brackenridge, H. M.  History of the Western Insurrection in Western Pennsylvania: Commonly Called the Whiskey Insurrection, 1794.  Pittsburgh: W.S. Haven, 1859.

Brackenridge, H. M. Recollections of Persons and Places in the West.  Philadelphia : J.B. Lippincott, 1868.


Archival Collections

Henry Marie Brackenridge and Family Papers, Digital Collections, University of Pittsburgh Library System.

Brackenridge Family Papers 1796-1963, Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh.

Henry Marie Brackenridge Papers, 1821-1832, University of West Florida Libraries, Pensacola. 


Congressional Biography

After 1 session(s) serving in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, Henry Marie Brackenridge went on to serve in congress

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