Alexander Harper (Ohio politician)

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Alexander Harper
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 12th district
In office
March 4, 1837 – March 3, 1839
Preceded by Elias Howell
Succeeded by Jonathan Taylor
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 14th district
In office
March 4, 1843 – March 3, 1847
Preceded by George Sweeny
Succeeded by Nathan Evans
In office
March 4, 1851 – March 3, 1853
Preceded by Nathan Evans
Succeeded by Harvey H. Johnson
Member of the Ohio House of Representatives from Muskingum County
In office
1820–1822
Preceded by Robert McConnell
John Reynolds
Succeeded by Nathan C. Findlay
William H. Moore
Personal details
Born (1786-02-05)February 5, 1786
Belfast, Ireland
Died December 1, 1860(1860-12-01) (aged 74)
Zanesville, Ohio
Resting place Greenwood Cemetery
Political party Whig

Alexander Harper (February 5, 1786 – December 1, 1860) was a U.S. Representative from Ohio.

Born near Belfast, Ireland, Harper immigrated to the United States and settled in Zanesville, Ohio. He pursued preparatory studies, studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1813, and commenced practice in Zanesville. He served as member of the Ohio House of Representatives in 1820 and 1821. He served as president judge of the Court of Common Pleas 1822-1836.

Harper was elected as a Whig to the Twenty-fifth Congress (March 4, 1837 – March 3, 1839). He was later elected to the Twenty-eighth and Twenty-ninth Congresses (March 4, 1843 – March 3, 1847). He served as chairman of the Committee on Expenditures in the Post Office Department (Twenty-eighth Congress), and was on the Committee on Patents (Twenty-eighth Congress).

Harper was again elected to the Thirty-second Congress (March 4, 1851 – March 3, 1853). He resumed the practice of law. He died in Zanesville on December 1, 1860, and was interred in Greenwood Cemetery.

Sources

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