McCREERY, William, (1786 - 1841)


McCREERY, William, a Representative from Pennsylvania; born in Omagh, County Tyrone, Ireland, May 17, 1786; immigrated to the United States in 1791 with his parents, who settled near Fairfield, Westmoreland County, Pa.; attended private school; moved to Paris, Washington County, Pa., in 1812 and engaged in agricultural pursuits; member of the State house of representatives 1824-1827; constructor of the Pennsylvania State Canal and of the State highway 1826-1831; elected as a Jacksonian to the Twenty-first Congress (March 4, 1829-March 3, 1831); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1830 to the Twenty-second Congress; served as collector of internal revenue at Pittsburgh 1831-1833; again a member of the State house of representatives 1833-1836; superintendent of the Pennsylvania State Canal in 1835, residing in Allegheny City, Allegheny County, Pa.; acting president of the Pennsylvania Board of Canal Appraisers at the time of his death; died in Fairfield, Pa., on September 27, 1841; interment in Up-the-Valley United Presbyterian Church Cemetery.