John Adams Harper
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, where he was the first postmaster. He 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 in 1809 and 1810, and served in the State militia, 1809–1812.
Harper was elected as a Democratic-Republican to the Twelfth Congress (March 4, 1811 – March 3, 1813). He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1812 to the Thirteenth Congress. He died at Meredith Bridge, June 18, 1816, and was interred in Union Cemetery.
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