John Adams Harper

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John Adams Harper
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Hampshire's At-large district
In office
March 4, 1811 – March 3, 1813
Preceded by Nathaniel A. Haven
Succeeded by Roger Vose
Personal details
Born (1779-11-02)November 2, 1779
Derryfield, Hillsborough County
New Hampshire, USA
Died June 18, 1816(1816-06-18) (aged 36)
Meredith Bridge (now Laconia
Belknap County)
New Hampshire, USA
Resting place Union Cemetery
Laconia, Belknap County
New Hampshire, USA
Political party Democratic-Republican
Spouse(s) Susan Thom
Children Susan Thom Harper
Eliza Jane Harper
Lucien Harper
Parents William Harper
Mary Lane Harper
Alma mater Phillips Exeter Academy
Profession Farmer
Military service
Allegiance United States
Service/branch New Hampshire State Militia

John Adams Harper (November 2, 1779 – June 18, 1816) was an American politician and a United States Representative from New Hampshire.

Early life[edit]

Born in Derryfield, New Hampshire, Harper attended Phillips Exeter Academy in 1794. He studied law and was admitted to the bar about 1802, commencing practice in Sanbornton.


Harper was the first postmaster of Sanbornton, then moved to Meredith Bridge (now Laconia, Belknap County) in 1806. He served as clerk of the New Hampshire Senate, 1805–1808, was a member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives[1] in 1809 and 1810. He served in the State militia, 1809–1812.

Elected as a Democratic-Republican to the Twelfth Congress, Harper served as United States Representative for the state of New Hampshire from (March 4, 1811 – March 3, 1813). He supported the Declaration of War in June 1812, and was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1812 to the Thirteenth Congress.[2]


Harper died at Meredith Bridge (now Laconia), New Hampshire, on June 18, 1816, (age 36 years, 229 days). He is interred in Union Cemetery, Laconia, Belknap County, New Hampshire.

Family life[edit]

Son of William and Mary Lane, Harper married Susan Thom on September l, 1803, and they had three children, Susan, Eliza Jane, and Lucien.


  1. ^ "John Adams Harper". 2014, University of New Hampshire Library. Retrieved 1 August 2014. 
  2. ^ Tucker, Arnold, Wiener, Pierpaoli, Fredriksen, Spencer, James R., Roberta, Paul G., John C. The Encyclopedia of the War of 1812: A Political, Social, and Military History, Volume 1. ABC-CLIO, 2012. p. 330. Retrieved 2 August 2014. 

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Preceded by
Nathaniel A. Haven
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Hampshire

Succeeded by
Roger Vose

 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.