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Frederick Augustus (Conrad) Muhlenberg

pennsylvania appointed clergyman

US representative and clergyman, born in Trappe, Pennsylvania, USA. Sent to school in Germany as a teenager, he returned to Philadelphia in 1770 to become a Lutheran minister, and spent three years at Christ Church in New York. His career as a clergyman ended in 1779, when he was appointed to the Continental Congress. After a three-year term, he continued in local political offices, and presided over his state's convention, ratifying the new US constitution (1787). A Federalist member of the House (1789–97), he served as speaker during the first three Congresses. Shortly before he died he gave his support to the Republican Party, which appointed him receiver-general of the Pennsylvania Land Office.

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