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BROOM, Jacob, statesman, born in Baltimore, Maryland, 25 July, 1808; died in Washington, District of Columbia, in November, 1864. After receiving a classical education he removed to Pennsylvania, and was appointed deputy auditor of the state in 1840. In 1849 he was appointed clerk of the orphans' court in Philadelphia. In politics he was what was then known as an American Whig, and as such was elected to congress, serving from 3 March, 1855, till 3 March, 1857.
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