MUHLENBERG, Henry Augustus Philip (1782-1844)

MUHLENBERG, HENRY AUGUSTUS PHILIP, (father of Henry Augustus Muhlenberg and nephew of John Peter Gabriel Muhlenberg and of Frederick Augustus Conrad Muhlenberg), a Representative from Pennsylvania; born in Lancaster, Pa., May 13, 1782; pursued classical studies; studied theology and was ordained to the Lutheran ministry by the ministerium of Pennsylvania in 1802; pastor of Trinity Church, Reading, Pa., from April 1803 to June 1829; elected as a Jacksonian to the Twenty-first Congress; reelected as a Jacksonian to the Twenty-second through Twenty-fourth Congresses and reelected as a Democrat to the Twenty-fifth Congress and served from March 4, 1829, until his resignation February 9, 1838; chairman, Committee on Revolutionary Claims (Twenty-second through Twenty-fifth Congresses); unsuccessful Democratic candidate for Governor in 1835 and 1837; Minister to Austria from February 8, 1838, to September 18, 1840; was nominated as the Democratic candidate for Governor of Pennsylvania in 1844, but died in Reading, Pa., August 11, 1844, before the election; interment in Charles Evans Cemetery.

American Philosophical Society Library
Philadelphia, PA
Papers: 11 reels of microfilm.
Originals privately owned. Chiefly personal correspondence and business and legal papers of Muhlenberg and his son. Table of contents in library.


Library of Congress
Manuscript Division
Washington, DC
Papers: In Muhlenberg family papers, 1773-1847. 15 items.

Muhlenberg College
Harry C. Trexler Library
Allentown, PA
Papers: In Muhlenberg family papers, 1770-1854. 3 feet.
Bulk of collection is his papers describing national, Pennsylvania, and Berks County politics in the 1830's and 1840's. Finding aid in repository. Restricted.


New-York Historical Society
New York, NY
Papers: February 4, 1829; April 28, 1835; March 9, 1844.
3 letters. Personal and official correspondence. Finding aid in repository.