CHAMBERS, David (1780-1864)

CHAMBERS, DAVID, a Representative from Ohio; born in Allentown, Pa., November 25, 1780; tutored by his father; was a confidential express rider for President Washington during the Whisky Insurrection in 1794; learned the art of printing; moved to Zanesville, Ohio, in 1810, where he established a newspaper and was elected State printer; volunteer aide-de-camp to General Cass in the War of 1812; served as recorder and mayor of Zanesville; member of the State house of representatives in 1814, 1828, 1836-1838, 1841, and 1842; clerk of the Ohio State senate in 1817; clerk of the court of common pleas of Muskingum County 1817-1821; unsuccessful candidate for election in 1820 to the Seventeenth Congress; subsequently elected as a Republican to the Seventeenth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Representative-elect John C. Wright and served from October 9, 1821, to March 3, 1823; was not a candidate for renomination; affiliated with the Whig Party after its formation; member of the State senate in 1843 and 1844; president of the senate in 1844; delegate to the State constitutional convention of 1850; engaged in agricultural pursuits until 1856; died in Zanesville, Muskingum County, Ohio, August 8, 1864; interment in Greenwood Cemetery.

American Antiquarian Society
Manuscripts Department
Worcester, MA
Papers: ca. 1795-1905, 25 items.
The collection consists primarily of correspondence to and from David Chambers. As a young man he exchanged with his father opinions and information about political and personal events. A September 14, 1796, letter from Benjamin Franklin Bache informed Joseph Chambers of his son's disposition and progress as a printer's apprentice. In addition, there is an 1851 letter to Chambers's grandson, a note to Salmon P. Chase requesting employment for his grandson, an undated biographical sketch of Chambers, a copy of his 1862 will, and miscellaneous newspaper clippings. Several of the early letters were transcribed and typed. There is also a typescript concerning an address delivered by Chambers when President James Monroe visited Zanesville in 1817.


Library of Congress
Manuscript Division
Washington, DC
Papers: In the Miscellaneous Manuscripts Collection, 1856, 1 item.
A letter from Benjamin Stanton to David Chambers written on July 30, 1856. In the letter, Benjamin Stanton about congressional politics, appropriations, and the admission of Kansas to the Union.


Ohio Historical Society
Columbus, OH
Papers: In Ruth Mougey Worrell Family Papers, 1882-1968, 3 cubic feet.
Includes reminiscences of David Chambers. An unpublished inventory is available in the repository.