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BRECK, Samuel, merchant, born in Boston, 17 July, 1771; died in Philadelphia, 1 September, 1862. The family removed to Pennsylvania in 1792. He was educated at a military College in France, and after his return became a merchant in Philadelphia. He was a member of the Pennsylvania legislature for many years, and was elected as a federalist to the 18th congress, serving from 1 December, 1823, till 3 March, 1825. He published a historical sketch of continental paper money in 1843, and several historical addresses. See "Memoir of Samuel Breck," by J. P. Fisher (Philadelphia, 1863). --His brother, Daniel, jurist, born in Topsfield, Massachusetts, 12 February, 1788; died in 1871. He was graduated at Dartmouth in 1812, studied law, was admitted to the bar, and began practice in Richmond, Kentucky, in 1814. He became judge of the Richmond county court, was a member of the Kentucky house of representatives in 1824-'9; president of the Richmond branch of the state bank, 1835-'43; a judge of the Supreme Court of Kentucky, 1843-'9; and was elected a representative from Kentucky in the 31st congress, serving from 3 December, 1849, till 3 March, 1851, after which he again became president of the Richmond bank. --Their father, the Rev. Daniel Breek (who died in Rutland, Vermont at the age of ninety-seven, in December, 1845), accompanied Porter's regiment to Canada as chaplain, and was present at the attack on Quebec.
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