TOWNSEND, Washington (1813-1894)

TOWNSEND, WASHINGTON, a Representative from Pennsylvania; born in West Chester, Chester County, Pa., January 20, 1813; attended a private school and West Chester Academy; engaged as a bank teller 1828-1844; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1844 and commenced practice in West Chester, Pa.; prosecuting attorney of Chester County in 1848; deputy attorney under Attorneys General Darragh and Cooper; cashier of the Bank of Chester County 1849-1857; delegate to the Whig National Convention in 1852; delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1860; elected as a Republican to the Forty-first and to the three succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1869-March 3, 1877); chairman, Committee on Public Lands (Forty-third Congress); was not a candidate for renomination in 1876; again resumed the practice of his profession in West Chester, Chester County, Pa.; president of the Bank of Chester County 1879-1894; died in West Chester, Pa., March 18, 1894; interment in Oakland Cemetery, near West Chester.

Boston Public Library
Boston, MA
Papers: 1 letter.

Historical Society of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA
Papers: In the Washington Townsend Collection, 1761-1858, 262 items.
The papers of Washington Townsend include letters: 1812-1832 (100 items) on military and political matters to Isaac Dutton Barnard, a Chester County lawyer who served as an officer during the War of 1812, held several elective local and state offices, becoming U. S. Senator (Federalist), 1827-1831; 1826-1858 (31 items) to Anthony Bolmar pertaining to the West Chester boys schools he operated; 1761-1858 (20 items) to the Townsend family of West Chester, principally to Washington Townsend; 1838-1854 (10 items) to General Persifer F. Smith, mainly concerning the Mexican War; 1852 (6 items) to and from Henry S. Evans regarding legal efforts of the Pennsylvania legislature to free Rachel Parker from slavery; and a few letters addressed to others.

Papers: In the Townsend Family Papers, 1784-1893, 700 items.
Persons represented include Washington Townsend.