David Chambers (congressman)

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David Chambers
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 4th district
In office
October 9, 1821 – March 3, 1823
Preceded by Samuel Herrick
Succeeded by Joseph Vance
Personal details
Born (1780-11-25)November 25, 1780
Allentown, Pennsylvania
Died August 8, 1864(1864-08-08) (aged 83)
Zanesville, Ohio
Resting place Greenwood Cemetery
Political party

David Chambers (November 25, 1780 – August 8, 1864) was a United States Representative from Ohio.

Born in Allentown, Pennsylvania, Chambers was tutored by his father. He served as a confidential express rider for President George Washington during the Whisky Insurrection in 1794. Beginning in 1796, he learned the art of printing while working in a newspaper office under Benjamin Franklin Bache. He moved to Zanesville, Ohio in 1810, where he established a newspaper and was elected State printer. During the War of 1812, he volunteered as an aide-de-camp to Major General Lewis Cass. He served as recorder and mayor of Zanesville, and as a member of the Ohio House of Representatives in 1814, 1828, from 1836 to 1838, 1841, and 1842. He served as clerk of the Ohio State Senate in 1817 and the court of common pleas of Muskingum County from 1817 to 1821.

Chambers was subsequently elected as a Democratic-Republican to the 17th United States 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. He was not a candidate for renomination in the subsequent election.

Chambers was affiliated with the Whig Party after its formation in 1833. He served as member of the State senate in 1843 and 1844, and as president of the senate in 1844. In 1850, he served as delegate to the State constitutional convention of 1850.

He was active in agricultural pursuits until 1856. On August 8, 1864, Chambers died in Zanesville, Ohio. He was interred in Greenwood Cemetery.

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