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Samuel Breck Jr. (1771–1862)


Breck was a friend of Bushrod Washington.


Samuel Breck Jr. was born to a wealthy merchant family in Boston on 17 July 1771. Following an education in France, he entered the family business in Boston and then Philadelphia. On Christmas Eve 1795 Breck married Jane Ross (1773–1858), with whom he would have a daughter. His public career consisted of service in the Pennsylvania legislature (1817–20, 1832–34) and the U.S. House of Representatives (1823–25). Breck died in Philadelphia on 31 August 1862. 


"Samuel Breck." Dictionary of American Biography, Charles Scribner's Sons, 1936. Gale In Context: U.S. History, Accessed 26 Aug. 2023.

Samuel Breck, Genealogy of the Breck Family: Descended from Edward of Dorchester and His Brothers in America: With an Appendix of Additional Biographical and Historical Matter, Obituary Notices, Letters, Etc., and Armorial Bearings: And a Complete Index (Omaha : Rees Printing Co., 1889).

Horace Elisha Scudder, ed., Recollections of Samuel Breck, with Passages from His Note-Books (London: S. Low, Marston, Searle, & Rivington, 1877).

Samuel Breck at Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.

Samuel Breck at Find a Grave.