HANNEGAN, Edward Allen, (1807 - 1859)

Senate Years of Service: 1843-1849
Party: Democrat

Library of Congress

HANNEGAN, Edward Allen, a Representative and a Senator from Indiana; born in Hamilton County, Ohio, June 25, 1807; moved with his parents to Bourbon County, Ky., the same year; attended the public schools; studied law, taught school and worked as a farm hand; admitted to the bar in 1827; moved to Indiana and settled in Covington, where he commenced the practice of law; member, State house of representatives 1832-1833, 1841-1842; elected as a Democrat to the Twenty-third and Twenty-fourth Congresses (March 4, 1833-March 3, 1837); was not a candidate for renomination in 1836; resumed the practice of law; elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate in 1842 and served from March 4, 1843, to March 3, 1849; unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1848; chairman, Committee on Private Land Claims (Twenty-ninth Congress), Committee on Roads and Canals (Twenty-ninth and Thirtieth Congresses), Committee on Foreign Relations (Thirtieth Congress); United States Minister to Prussia 1849-1850; resumed the practice of law in Covington; moved to St. Louis, Mo., in 1857, where he continued to practice law until his death by overdose of morphine on February 25, 1859; interment in Woodlawn Cemetery, Terre Haute, Ind.


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