PHILSON, Robert, (1759 - 1831)


PHILSON, Robert, a Representative from Pennsylvania; born in County Tyrone, Ireland, in 1759; immigrated to the United States and settled in Berlin, Pa., in 1785; received a limited schooling; engaged in agricultural pursuits; held various town and county offices; served as associate judge of Somerset County for twenty years; commissioned brigadier general of the Second Brigade, Tenth Division, Pennsylvania Militia, May 9, 1800; during the War of 1812 served as brigadier general of the Second Brigade, Twelfth Division, Pennsylvania Volunteers; elected as a Republican to the Sixteenth Congress (March 4, 1819-March 3, 1821); retired from public life and active pursuits; died in Berlin, Pa., July 25, 1831; interment in Reformed Church Cemetery.