BROOMALL, John Martin (1816-1894)

BROOMALL, JOHN MARTIN, a Representative from Pennsylvania; born in Upper Chichester Township, Delaware County, Pa., January 19, 1816; attended private schools; taught school for several years; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1840 and commenced practice in Chester, Pa.; member of the State house of representatives in 1851 and 1852; served on the State revenue board in 1854; unsuccessful candidate for election in 1854 to the Thirty-fourth Congress and in 1858 to the Thirty-sixth Congress; delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1860; moved to Media in 1860 and continued the practice of law; served in the Union Army as captain of Company C, Twenty-ninth Regiment, Pennsylvania Emergency Men, from June 18 to August 1, 1863; elected as a Republican to the Thirty-eighth, Thirty-ninth, and Fortieth Congresses (March 4, 1863-March 3, 1869); chairman, Committee on Accounts (Fortieth Congress); was not a candidate for renomination in 1868; resumed the practice of law; delegate to the State constitutional convention in 1874; appointed judge of the courts of Delaware County in March 1874 and served until January 1875, being an unsuccessful candidate for election to succeed himself; again resumed the practice of law in Media, Delaware County, Pa.; died in Philadelphia, Pa., June 3, 1894; interment in Media Cemetery, Media, Pa.

Historical Society of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA
Papers: 1867-1868, approximately 300 items.
Correspondence dealing with the routine work of a congressman, and some letters concerning conditions in the Southern states during Reconstruction are included.


Library of Congress
Manuscript Division
Washington, DC
Papers: In the Miscellaneous Manuscripts Collection, 1867, 1 item.
A letter from B.F. Stern to John M. Broomall written on September 10, 1867. In the letter, B.F. Stern writes about politics during Reconstruction and the presidential administration of Andrew Johnson.

  • Broomall, John M. History of Delaware county [Pa.] for the past century ... Read before the Delaware County Institute of Science. Media, Pa.: Vernon & Cooper, 1876.
  • ------. National currency: Speech of the Hon. J.M. Broomall of Pennsylvania in the House of Representatives February 7, 1865. Washington: Gibson Bros., 1865.
  • ------. Railroads to New York. [N.p., 1864].
  • ------. Reconstruction. Washington: McGill & Witherow, printers, 1867].
  • ------. Speech of Hon. John M. Broomall of Pennsylvania on Reconstruction: Delivered in the House of Representatives, January 27, 1866. Washington: Congressional Globe Office, 1866.
  • ------. Speech of Hon. John M. Broomall of Pennsylvania on the civil rights bill: Delivered in the House of Representatives, March 8, 1866. Washington: Congressional Globe Office, 1866.
  • ------. Speech of Hon. John M. Broomall of Pennsylvania on the constitutional amendment reported from the Joint Committee on Reconstruction: Delivered in the House of Representatives, May 9, 1866. Washington: Congressional Globe Office, 1866.