James Engle

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For the American diplomat, see James B. Engle. For the American soldier and Medal of Honor recipient, see James E. Engle.
James Engle
10th Speaker of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
In office
Preceded by Nathaniel Boileau
Succeeded by John Weber
Personal details
Born 1757
Germantown, Pennsylvania
Died January 5, 1821
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Political party Democratic Republican

James Engle (1757[1] – January 5, 1821[2]) fought in the American Revolutionary War, was a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives[3] from Philadelphia County and served as speaker in 1809.[4][5]

Early life[edit]

Engle was born in Germantown, Pennsylvania.[1]

Military service[edit]

Engle enlisted at age 19, (other sources list 18[1]) was a sergeant, ensign (commissioned September 20, 1776[6]), and second lieutenant (promoted 1777[1]) in the Third Regiment Pennsylvania Line.[7] He enlisted in Captain Samuel Watson's company. Engle served in the following locations/battles:[1]

  • Canadian campaign
  • Ticonderoga
  • Germantown
  • Valley Forge

Political Activities[edit]

Engle was a member of the Democratic Republican party.[8]

He was elected to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in 1801. (Other Democratic Republicans elected along with him from Philadelphia County included Jacob Holgate, William Penrose, Elijah Gordon, John Goodman, and George Ingles.) There were no opposition candidates from the Federalist Party.[9]

In 1808, he received 4,374 votes for his seat in the House.[10]

On December 21, 1808, Engle was elected Speaker of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.[11]

Personal life[edit]

Engle married Margaret Marshall on May 4, 1785.[12]

Other activities[edit]

Engle was a member of the Guardians of the Poor.[13]


Engle died in Philadelphia.[1]


  • Daughter: Sarah Engle, Philadelphia. Married to Robert Patterson.
  • Grandson: Robert Emmet Patterson, Philadelphia. Elected to membership in the Sons of the American Revolution: December 11, 1893.[14]
  • Great-Granddaughter: Susan Engle Negus, Philadelphia[15]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Daughters of the American Revolution (1908), Lineage Book 26, Daughters of the American Revolution, p. 200 
  2. ^ Pennsylvania Secretary of the Commonwealth, Pennsylvania Dept. of Public Instruction, Pennsylvania State Library (1897), Pennsylvania Archives, s.n., p. 816 
  3. ^ "Election Returns", Pennsylvania Herald, 1809-11-29: 2 
  4. ^ Laws enacted in the general assembly of the commonwealth of Pennsylvania, State of Pennsylvania, 1810, p. 12 
  5. ^ "Message from the governor", Washington Reporter, 1809-03-13: 2 
  6. ^ Richards, Henry Melchior Muhlenberg; Pennsylvania-German Society (1918), Valley Forge and the Pennsylvania-Germans: Address Delivered at Valley Forge at the Annual Meeting of the Society 26, Press of the New era printing company, p. 24 
  7. ^ Cutter, William Richard (1914), New England families, genealogical and memorial: a record of the achievements of her people in the making of commonwealths and the founding of a nation 1, Lewis historical publishing company, p. 171 
  8. ^ "(Legislative)", The Tickler, 1808-10-12: 2 
  9. ^ Herald of Liberty, 1801-10-26: 2  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  10. ^ "Election Returns", Washington Reporter, 1808-10-24: 2 
  11. ^ Pennsylvania Herald, 1808-12-28: 2  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  12. ^ Hazard, Samuel; Pennsylvania. Dept. of Public Instruction, Pennsylvania. Secretary of the Commonwealth, Pennsylvania State Library (1907), Pennsylvania archives, s.n., p. 301 
  13. ^ "Alms-House, Sept. 25", Philadelphia Gazette, 1799-10-08: 4 
  14. ^ Pennsylvania Society, Sons of the Revolution (1907), Decennial register of the Pennsylvania Society of Sons of the Revolution: 1888–1898, F. B. Lippincott, p. 163 
  15. ^ Daughters of the American Revolution (1912), Lineage book 35, Daughters of the American Revolution, p. 271