Richard Coulter (U.S. politician)

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Richard Coulter
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 19th district
In office
March 4, 1833 – March 3, 1835
Preceded by District created
Succeeded by John Klingensmith, Jr.
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 17th district
In office
March 4, 1827 – March 3, 1833
Preceded by George Plumer
Succeeded by John Laporte
Personal details
Born March, 1788
Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania
Died April 21, 1852 (aged 64)
Political party Jacksonian

Richard Coulter (March, 1788 – April 21, 1852) was a Jacksonian member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania.

Richard Coulter was born in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, a son of state commissioner Eli Coulter and Priscilla Small (1766–1826). Richard attended Jefferson College. He studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1811, and commenced the practice of his profession in Greensburg, Pennsylvania where he became chief burgess. He was a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives from 1816 to 1820. He then returned to his law practice.

In 1826 Coulter was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in the Twentieth Congress and reelected as a Jacksonian to the Twenty-first through Twenty-third Congresses. He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1834 to the Twenty-fourth Congress. He was elected judge of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania and served from 1846 until his death in 1852 in Greensburg. Interment was in St. Clair Cemetery.

His namesake nephew Richard Coulter was an American Civil War general in the Union Army.


United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
George Plumer
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 17th congressional district

Succeeded by
John Laporte
Preceded by
District Created
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 19th congressional district

Succeeded by
John Klingensmith, Jr.