John Tod

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John Tod (1779 – March 27, 1830) was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania.

Early years[edit]

In 1779, John Tod was born in Hartford, Connecticut. He attended the common schools and Yale College. In 1800, he moved to Bedford, Pennsylvania, and later taught school while studying law. He was admitted to the bar in 1803 and commenced practice in Bedford. He served as a clerk to the county commissioners of Bedford County, Pennsylvania, in 1806 and 1807.


John Tod was a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives from 1810 to 1813, serving twice as its Speaker. He next served in the Pennsylvania State Senate and acted as its President from 1814 to 1816.

In 1820–1821, John Tod was elected to the Seventeenth and then later into the Eighteenth Congress and served until his resignation from Congress in 1824. He served as chairman of the United States House Committee on Manufactures during the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Congresses.

In March–April 1824, John Tod was honored with a single vote at the Democratic-Republican Party Caucus to be the party's candidate for U.S. Vice President at the election later that year.


John Tod was presiding judge of the court of common pleas for the sixteenth judicial district 1824 from 1827, and was appointed associate judge of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in 1827.


On March 27, 1830, John Tod died at about the age of 50 in Bedford, Pennsylvania. Interment in Bedford Cemetery.

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Robert Philson
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 8th congressional district

Succeeded by
Samuel D. Ingham
Thomas Jones Rogers
Preceded by
Andrew Stewart
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 13th congressional district

Succeeded by
Alexander Thomson