Blanchard, John

Born: 1787-09-30 Caledonia County, Vermont

Died: 1849-03-09 Columbia, Pennsylvania

Blanchard graduated from Dartmouth College in 1812. He moved to York, Pennsylvania in 1812, where he taught school. Blanchard studied law, earned admittance to the Pennsylvania bar in 1815, and started a practice in Lewistown, Pennsylvania. Later that year, he moved to Bellefonte, Pennsylvania, where he continued to practice law. Blanchard won election, as a Whig, to the U.S. House of Representatives, serving from 1845 to 1849. Not a candidate for renomination in 1848, Blanchard left Washington, DC to return home, but died before reaching his destination.

Biographical Directory of the American Congress 1774-1996 (Alexandria, VA: CQ Staff Directories, 1997), 671; Gravestone, Union Cemetery, Bellefonte, PA.