Cessna, John

Life Span
to
Full name
John Cessna
Place of Birth
Burial Place
Birth Date Certainty
Exact
Death Date Certainty
Exact
Gender
Male
Race
White
Sectional choice
North
Origins
Free State
Education
Other
Other Education
Marshall College, Mercersburg, PA
Occupation
Politician
Attorney or Judge
Educator
Relation to Slavery
White non-slaveholder
Political Parties
Democratic
Republican
Government
US House of Representatives
State legislature

John Cessna (Congressional Biographical Directory)

Reference
CESSNA, John, a Representative from Pennsylvania; born near Bedford County, Pa., June 29, 1821; attended the common schools and Hall’s Military Academy, Bedford, Pa.; was graduated from Marshall College, Mercersburg, Pa., in 1842; taught school; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1845 and commenced practice in Bedford; member of the State house of representatives in 1850, 1851, 1862, and 1863, and served as speaker of the house in 1850 and 1863; delegate to the Democratic National Convention at Cincinnati in 1856 and at Charleston and Baltimore in 1860; affiliated with the Republican Party in 1863; chairman of the Republican State convention in 1865; elected chairman of the Republican State central committee in 1865; delegate to the Republican National Conventions in 1868, 1876, and 1880; elected as a Republican to the Forty-first Congress (March 4, 1869-March 3, 1871); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1870 to the Forty-second Congress; elected to the Forty-third Congress (March 4, 1873-March 3, 1875); was not a candidate for renomination in 1874; again a member of the State house of representatives in 1892; resumed the practice of law in Bedford, Pa., where he died December 13, 1893; interment in Bedford Cemetery.
“Cessna, John,” Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774 to Present, http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=C000265.
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