VERREE, John Paul, (1817 - 1889)


VERREE, John Paul, a Representative from Pennsylvania; born at “Verree Mills,” on Pennypack Creek, near what is now Fox Chase Station, Philadelphia, Pa., March 9, 1817; completed preparatory studies; engaged in the manufacture of iron and subsequently was a dealer in edged tools and also in iron and steel; member of the select council of Philadelphia 1851-1857, serving as president 1853-1857; elected as a Republican to the Thirty-sixth and Thirty-seventh Congresses (March 4, 1859-March 3, 1863); declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1862; resumed his former manufacturing pursuits; also interested in life insurance and served as president of a company; president of the Philadelphia Union League in 1875 and 1876; retired from active business pursuits; died at “Verree Mills,” Philadelphia, Pa., June 27, 1889; interment in Cedar Hill Cemetery, Frankford (now a part of Philadelphia), Pa.