John Brodhead (New Hampshire politician)

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John Brodhead
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Hampshire's At-Large district
In office
March 4, 1829 – March 3, 1833
Preceded byIchabod Bartlett
Succeeded byBenning M. Bean
Member of the New Hampshire Senate
In office
Personal details
Born(1770-10-05)October 5, 1770
Lower Smithfield, Pennsylvania, U.S.
DiedApril 7, 1838(1838-04-07) (aged 67)
Newfields, Rockingham County, New Hampshire, U.S.
Resting placeLocust Cemetery
Newfields, New Hampshire
Political partyJacksonian
Spouse(s)Mary Dodge Brodhead
ChildrenDaniel Dodge Brodhead
John Montgomery Brodhead
Elizabeth Harrison Brodhead Norris
Anne Mudge Brodhead Ewens
Joseph Crawford Brodhead
Mehitabel Smith Brodhead Weeks
George Hamilton Brodhead
Mary Rebecca Brodhead Pike
Olive Brodhead
Thornton Fleming Brodhead
Josiah Adams Brodhead
Almena Cutter Brodhead.

John Brodhead (October 5, 1770 – April 7, 1838) was a Methodist minister, an American politician and a U.S. Representative from New Hampshire.

Early life[edit]

Born in Lower Smithfield, Pennsylvania, Brodhead attended the common schools and Stroudsburg (Pennsylvania) Academy. He studied theology and was ordained a Methodist minister in 1794 remaining active in ministerial service for forty-four years.


Brodhead moved in 1796 to New England, where he became supervisor of Methodist societies in the Connecticut Valley. He settled in Canaan, New Hampshire, in 1801, then moved to Newfields Village, Newmarket, New Hampshire, in 1809. From 1810 to about 1823, he occupied the parsonage and preached in the parish church.[1]

A member of the New Hampshire Senate, 1817–1827, Brodhead also officiated as chaplain of the New Hampshire House of Representatives in 1825.

Elected as a Jacksonian[2] to the Twenty-first and Twenty-second Congresses, Brodhead served as United States Representative for the state of New Hampshire from March 4, 1829 – March 3, 1833.[3] He declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1832 and resumed his ministerial duties.


Brodhead died in Newfields, Rockingham County, New Hampshire, on April 7, 1838 (age 67 years, 184 days). He is interred at Locust Grove Cemetery, Newfields, New Hampshire.

Family life[edit]

On August 17, 1801 Brodhead, son of Luke and Elizabeth Harrison Brodhead, married Mary Dodge, daughter of Thomas and Ruth Giddings Dodge. They had twelve children - six sons and six daughters.[4]


  1. ^ Brodhead, John. History of Newfields, New Hampshire, 1638-1911. The Rumford Press. p. 391.
  2. ^ Brodhead, John. Jacksonian Democracy in New Hampshire. Harvard University Press. p. 163.
  3. ^ "John Brodhead". NYPL RESEARCH LIBRARIES. Retrieved 5 February 2014.
  4. ^ Brodhead, John. Annals of the American Pulpit: Methodist. William Buell Sprague R. Carter, 1861 - Clergy. p. 242.

External links[edit]

 This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website

U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Ichabod Bartlett
Representative of the At-Large Congressional District of New Hampshire
Succeeded by
Benning M. Bean