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MIDDLESWARTH, Ner, congressman, born in New Jersey about 1780; died in Beavertown, Pennsylvania, 2 June, 1865. At the beginning of the century he removed to Pennsylvania, and settled in what is now Snyder county, penniless, friendless, and without education. He served in the war of 1812, after which he was elected to the legislature for many years, and also served as its speaker. He had much influence in local politics, was a Democrat until 1829, and then became an anti-Mason. He was afterward elected to congress as a Whig, serving from 5 December, 1853, till 3 March, 1855. He was opposed to liberal progress and to education. His speeches in congress consisted of brief, terse sentences, and commanded profound attention.
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