Philander Stephens was born near Montrose, Pennsylvania. He served as coroner in 1815, county commissioner in 1818 and sheriff in 1821. He was a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in 1824 and 1825.
Stephens was elected as a Jacksonian to the Twenty-first and Twenty-second Congresses. He served as chairman of the United States House Committee on Expenditures in the Department of the Treasury during the Twenty-second Congress. He was not a candidate for renomination in 1832. He resumed agricultural and mercantile pursuits and died probably in Springville Township, Pennsylvania. Interment in Stephens Burying Ground in Dimock Township, Pennsylvania.
- United States Congress. "Philander Stephens (id: S000859)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
- The Political Graveyard
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