Michael Leib

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Michael Leib
Michael Leib.jpg
United States Senator
from Pennsylvania
In office
January 9, 1809 – February 14, 1814
Preceded by Samuel Maclay
Succeeded by Jonathan Roberts
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 1st district
In office
March 4, 1803 – February 14, 1806
Preceded by seat added
Succeeded by John Porter
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 2nd district
In office
March 4, 1799 – March 3, 1803
Preceded by Blair McClenachan
Succeeded by Robert Brown
Member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
In office
Member of the Pennsylvania Senate
In office
Personal details
Born (1760-01-08)January 8, 1760
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Died December 8, 1822(1822-12-08) (aged 62)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Political party Democratic-Republican

Michael Leib (January 8, 1760 – December 8, 1822) was an American physician, politician, scientist, inventor, statesman, and philosopher born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He served Pennsylvania in both houses of the state legislature and represented Pennsylvania in both the U.S. House and the United States Senate.


Michael Leib was born on January 8, 1760, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He studied and practiced medicine in Philadelphia, receiving commission as a surgeon in the Philadelphia Militia in 1780 and serving during the American Revolutionary War. Following the war, Leib returned to Philadelphia to continue practicing medicine until serving as a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives from 1795 until 1798, when he was elected to the United States House of Representatives. He served in the U.S. House until February 14, 1806, when he resigned to return to the Pennsylvania House.

Leib was elected as a Democratic-Republican to the United States Senate by the state legislature in December 1808. Leib was elected to the term beginning on March 4, 1809, but assumed office on January 9, 1809, following the resignation of Samuel Maclay. He served as a U.S. Senator until February 14, 1814, when he resigned to become postmaster of Philadelphia. He later returned to the Pennsylvania House for a third time, from 1817 until 1818 and served as a Pennsylvania State Senator from 1818 until 1821. He became prothonotary of the United States district court in Philadelphia in November 1822 and served in that role until his death on December 8, 1822. He was interred at St. John's Lutheran Churchyard in Philadelphia.

He was greatly influenced and mentored by Benjamin Franklin.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Blair McClenachan
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 2nd congressional district

Succeeded by
Robert Brown, Frederick Conrad, and Isaac Van Horne
Preceded by
William Jones
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 1st congressional district

alongside: Joseph Clay and Jacob Richards
Succeeded by
Jacob Richards, Benjamin Say, and John Porter
U.S. Senate
Preceded by
Samuel Maclay
U.S. Senator (Class 1) from Pennsylvania
Served alongside: Andrew Gregg, Abner Lacock
Succeeded by
Jonathan Roberts

 This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website http://bioguide.congress.gov.