George Logan

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George Logan
United States Senator
from Pennsylvania
In office
July 13, 1801 – March 4, 1807
Preceded by Peter Muhlenberg
Succeeded by Andrew Gregg
Personal details
Born (1753-09-09)September 9, 1753
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Died April 9, 1821(1821-04-09) (aged 67)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Political party Democratic-Republican

George Logan (September 9, 1753 – April 9, 1821) was an American physician, farmer, legislator and politician from Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania. He served in the Pennsylvania state legislature and represented Pennsylvania in the United States Senate. As a child, he was sent to England for schooling and graduated from the University of Edinburgh Medical School in 1779. He was a founder of the Democratic-Republican Societies in 1793. An accomplished farmer, he was a founder of the Pennsylvania Society for the Promotion of Agriculture.

In 1798, he went to Paris to negotiate peace with the French to settle the Quasi-War. On his return, he found he had been denounced by the opposition Federalists, who had passed a statute informally known as the "Logan Act", which made it a crime for an individual citizen to interfere in a dispute between the United States and a foreign country.

In 1781, he married Deborah Norris, a historian and diarist. She was the first woman elected to membership in the Historical Society of Pennsylvania.[citation needed] As a girl, she had been a friend of Sally Wister. When they were separated by the British occupation of Philadelphia and families' leaving the city, Wister wrote letters to Norris, which were published after Wister's death as Sally Wister's Journal.[1]

Logan was the grandson of James Logan, who was the secretary of William Penn.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Albert Cook Myers, ed., Introduction, Sally Wister's Journal: A True Narrative: Being a Quaker Maiden's Account of Her Experiences with Officers of the Continental Army, 1777-1779, Ferris & Leach, Philadelphia, 1902.

Further reading[edit]

  • Memoir of Dr. George Logan of Stenton, by Deborah Norris Logan, ed. by Frances A. Logan, Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 1899. (Modern reprint by Kessinger Publishing, ISBN 978-1-4326-4242-6)
  • George Logan of Philadelphia, by Frederick B. Tolles, Oxford University Press, New York, 1953.

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United States Senate
Preceded by
J. Peter Muhlenberg
U.S. Senator (Class 3) from Pennsylvania
Served alongside: James Ross, Samuel Maclay
Succeeded by
Andrew Gregg