James H. Duncan

U.S. Congressperson

1793 – 1869

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Who was James H. Duncan?

James Henry Duncan was a member of the United States House of Representatives from Massachusetts.

Born in Haverhill, Massachusetts, he attended Phillips Exeter Academy, and graduated from Harvard University in 1812. He studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1815 and commenced practice in Haverhill.

He was an active militia officer, and attained the rank of colonel. He was president of the Essex Agricultural Society, and member of the State House of Representatives in 1827, 1837, 1838, and again in 1857. He served in the State senate from 1828 to 1831. He was a delegate to the Whig National Convention at Harrisburg, Pennsylvania in 1839. He was appointed Commissioner-in-Bankruptcy in 1841.

He was elected as a Whig to the Thirty-first and Thirty-second Congresses.

Following his political career he was engaged in the real-estate business. He died in Haverhill, aged 75, and was interred in Linwood Cemetery. His daughter Margaret Duncan married Stephen Henry Phillips on October 3, 1871.

James H. Duncan is the namesake of Duncan, Illinois.

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Born
Dec 5, 1793
Haverhill
Also known as
  • James Duncan
Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession
Education
  • Harvard University
Died
Feb 8, 1869
Haverhill

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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