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Henry Augustus Muhlenberg

Birthplace: Reading, Berks County, PA, United States
Death: January 09, 1854 (30)
Washington, District of Columbia, DC, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Rev Henry Augustus Philip Muhlenberg and Rebecca Muhlenberg
Husband of Annie Hall Nicolls
Father of Henry Augustus Muhlenberg, III

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About Henry Augustus Muhlenberg

Henry Augustus Muhlenberg (July 21, 1823 – January 9, 1854) was an American politician and Congressman (Democratic) representing the state of Pennsylvania.

Early years

Muhlenberg was a member of the Muhlenberg Family political dynasty. He was born in Reading, Pennsylvania on July 21, 1823. His father, Henry A. P. Muhlenberg, was a Congressman and U.S. Minister to Austria; his grandfather, Joseph Hiester, was the governor of Pennsylvania.


Muhlenberg attended Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. He studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1844, practicing law in Reading, Pennsylvania. He was elected to the Pennsylvania State Senate in 1849, serving until 1852 when he was elected to the United States House of Representatives to represent the 8th Congressional district. He began Congressional service on March 4, 1853, and died less than a year later.


Muhlenberg died in Washington, D.C. on January 9, 1854, while in office. He was buried

in the Charles Evans Cemetery in Reading.

His son, Henry Augustus Muhlenberg, III ran for Congress in 1892, unsuccessfully. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Augustus_Muhlenberg US Congressman, Author. Elected as a Democrat to represent Pennsylvania's 8th District in the Thirty-Third Congress, he served from 1853 until his death in office. Muhlenberg was born in Reading, Pennsylvania, a scion of the Muhlenberg-Hiester family dynasty whose members would be involved in American politics for over 200 years. His father was US Congressman Henry Augustus Philip Muhlenberg; his grandfather, Joseph Hiester, was Governor of Pennsylvania. After graduating from Dickinson College in 1841, he was admitted to the bar (1844) and practiced law in Reading. In 1849 he was elected to the first of four terms in the State Senate, and that same year published a biography of another distinguished descendent, "The Life of General Peter Muhlenberg". As a state legislator he was opposed to slavery but willing to accept the Compromise of 1850 in order to preserve the Union. Muhlenberg was elected to succeed Thaddeus Stevens in the US House by a wide margin, but by then he was seriously ill with tuberculosis. On December 5, 1853 he attended the opening of the first session of Congress in Washington, DC; it was his only appearance with that body. He took to his bed and died little more than a month later. Muhlenberg was 30. His remains were returned to Reading for interment in the Charles Evans Cemetery, while a cenotaph exists for him at Washington's Congressional Cemetery.

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Henry Augustus Muhlenberg's Timeline

July 21, 1823
Reading, Berks County, PA, United States
October 27, 1848
Reading, Berks County, Pennsylvania, USA
January 9, 1854
Age 30
Washington, District of Columbia, DC, United States