Washington Townsend

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Washington Townsend
Washington Townsend - Brady-Handy.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 7th & 6th district
In office
March 4, 1869 – March 3, 1875 (7th)
March 4, 1875 – March 3, 1877 (6th)
Preceded by John M. Broomall (7th)
James S. Biery (6th)
Succeeded by Alan Wood, Jr. (7th)
William Ward (6th)
Personal details
Born (1813-01-20)January 20, 1813
West Chester, Pennsylvania, United States
Died March 18, 1894(1894-03-18) (aged 81)
West Chester, Pennsylvania
Political party Whig, Republican
Spouse(s) Elizabeth Barnard Townsend
Elizabeth Gibbons Townsend
Profession Politician, Lawyer

Washington Townsend (January 20, 1813 – March 18, 1894) was a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania.

Washington Townsend was born in West Chester, Pennsylvania. He attended a private school and West Chester Academy. He was engaged as a bank teller from 1828 to 1844. He studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1844 and commenced practice in West Chester. He served as prosecuting attorney of Chester County, Pennsylvania, in 1848. He served as deputy attorney under Attorneys General Darragh and Cooper. He was cashier of the Bank of Chester County from 1849 to 1857. He was a delegate to the Whig National Convention in 1852, and a delegate to the 1860 Republican National Convention.

Townsend was elected as a Republican to the Forty-first and to the three succeeding Congresses. He served as chairman of the United States House Committee on Public Lands during the Forty-third Congress. He was not a candidate for renomination in 1876. He again resumed the practice of his profession in West Chester, and served as president of the Bank of Chester County from 1879 to 1894. He died in West Chester in 1894. Interment in Oakland Cemetery, near West Chester.


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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
John M. Broomall
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 7th congressional district

March 4, 1869 – March 3, 1875
Succeeded by
Alan Wood, Jr.
Preceded by
James S. Biery
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 6th congressional district

March 4, 1875 – March 3, 1877
Succeeded by
William Ward