BROOM, Jacob, (1808 - 1864)


BROOM, Jacob, (son of James Madison Broom), a Representative from Pennsylvania; born in Baltimore, Md., July 25, 1808; received a classical education; moved to Philadelphia, Pa., with his parents in 1819; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1832 and commenced practice in Philadelphia, Pa.; appointed deputy auditor of the State in 1840; clerk of the Philadelphia orphans’ court 1848-1852; nominated by the Native American Party in 1852 for President of the United States; elected as a candidate of the American Party to the Thirty-fourth Congress (March 4, 1855-March 3, 1857); chairman, Committee on Revolutionary Pensions (Thirty-fourth Congress); unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1856 and for election to the Thirty-sixth Congress in 1858; died in Washington, D.C., November 28, 1864; interment in Congressional Cemetery.