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Newhard was born in Allentown, Pennsylvania. He is credited with opening the hardware store in Allentown in 1812. He served as street commissioner of the borough of Allentown in 1812, and coroner of Lehigh County, Pennsylvania, in 1816 and 1817. He was elected to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in 1817, 1818, 1819, 1824, 1825, and 1829, the term then being one year.
Newhard was elected as a Democrat to the Twenty-sixth and Twenty-seventh Congresses. He was not a candidate for renomination in 1842. He served as burgess in 1843 and trustee of Allentown Academy in 1822, 1826, and 1843. He died in Allentown in 1860 and his interment is in the City Cemetery.
- United States Congress. "Peter Newhard (id: N000068)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
- The Political Graveyard
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