James K. Moorhead

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James Kennedy Moorhead
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 21st & 22nd district
In office
March 4, 1859 – March 3, 1863
March 4, 1863 – March 3, 1869
Preceded by David Ritchie
Robert McKnight
Succeeded by John L. Dawson
James S. Negley
Personal details
Born (1806-09-07)September 7, 1806
Halifax, Pennsylvania, US
Died March 6, 1884(1884-03-06) (aged 77)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, US
Political party Republican
Profession Politician, Canal Executive

James Kennedy Moorhead (September 7, 1806 – March 6, 1884) was a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania.

Biography[edit]

James K. Moorhead was born in Halifax, Pennsylvania. He served an apprenticeship at the tanner’s trade, after which he became a canal contractor. He was superintendent and supervisor on the Juniata Canal in 1828, and projected and established the first passenger packet line on the Pennsylvania Canal in 1835.

In 1838 he was appointed adjutant general of Pennsylvania. He constructed the Monongahela Navigation Canal and was president of the company for twenty-one years. He was president of the Atlantic & Ohio Telegraph Co., which later became the Western Union Telegraph Company.

He was elected as a Republican to the 36th Congress and to the four succeeding Congresses. In congress he served as chairman to Committee on Manufactures during the 38th and 39th Congresses.

He declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1868. He was a delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1868, and an unsuccessful candidate for election to the United States Senate in 1880.

James K. Moorhead was the father of Pittsburgh financier Maxwell K. Moorhead, a member of the elite South Fork Fishing and Hunting Club of Johnstown Flood fame.

He was president of the chamber of commerce of Pittsburgh from 1877 until his death in 1884, aged 77.

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
David Ritchie
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 21st congressional district

March 4, 1859 – March 3, 1863
Succeeded by
John L. Dawson
Preceded by
Robert McKnight
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 22nd congressional district

March 4, 1863 – March 3, 1869
Succeeded by
James S. Negley