Peter Newhard

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Peter Newhard (July 26, 1783 – February 19, 1860) was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania.


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.

He was a member of the Pennsylvania State Senate from 1833 to 1837.[1] He served as chairman of the town council in 1824 and again in 1837.

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.


U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Edward Burd Hubley
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 8th congressional district

Succeeded by
Jeremiah Brown