NEWHARD, Peter, (1783 - 1860)


NEWHARD, Peter, a Representative from Pennsylvania; born in Allentown, Pa., July 26, 1783; completed preparatory studies and attended a private school in Allentown; opened the first hardware store in Allentown in 1812; street commissioner of the borough of Allentown in 1812; coroner of Lehigh County in 1816 and 1817; elected to the State house of representatives in 1817, 1818, 1819, 1824, 1825, and 1829, the term then being one year; chairman of the town council in 1824 and again in 1837; elected as a Democrat to the Twenty-sixth and Twenty-seventh Congresses (March 4, 1839-March 3, 1843); was not a candidate for renomination in 1842; burgess in 1843 and trustee of Allentown Academy in 1822, 1826, and 1843; died in Allentown, Lehigh County, Pa., February 19, 1860; interment in the City Cemetery.