BRACKENRIDGE, Henry Marie, a Representative from Pennsylvania; born in Pittsburgh, Pa., May 11, 1786;
instructed by his father and private tutors; attended a French academy at St. Genevieve, La.; studied
law; was admitted to the bar in 1806 and practiced in Somerset, Pa., until 1810; appointed deputy
attorney general of the Territory of Orleans (Louisiana) in 1811; district judge of Louisiana in
1812; appointed secretary of a mission to South America in 1817; judge for the western district of
Florida 1821-1832; returned to Pennsylvania in 1832 and became owner of a large tract of land upon
which he founded the town of Tarentum, Pa.; elected as a Whig to the Twenty-sixth Congress to fill
the vacancy caused by the resignation of Richard Biddle and served from October 13, 1840, to March
3, 1841; unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1840; member of the commission under the treaty
with Mexico in 1841; engaged in literary pursuits until his death in Pittsburgh, Pa., January 18, 1871;
interment in Prospect Cemetery, Brackenridge, Pa.
BibliographyKeller, William F. T he Nations
Advocate: Henry Marie Brackenridge and Young America. Pittsburgh: University of
Pittsburgh Press, 1956.