Frederick Muhlenberg

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Frederick Muhlenberg
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Born January 2, 1750
Trappe, Pennsylvania
Died June 4, 1801
Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Spouse Catherine Schaeffer
Religion Lutheran

Frederick Augustus Conrad Muhlenberg (January 2, 1750 - June 4, 1801) was a Lutheran minister, a delegate to the Pennsylvania state constitutional Convention, and the first Speaker of the United States House of Representatives.[1]

Early life

He was born in Trappe, Pennsylvania on January 2, 1750. He was educated at Halle,[2] and held pastorates in Pennsylvania and New York City.[3] He is the brother of Peter Muhlenberg.


He became a member of the Continental Congress in 1779 and 1780, and served in the US House of Representatives from 1789 to 1797. During his time in the House he was twice elected as Speaker, being the nation's first as well as third Speaker of the House.


He died at Lancaster, Pennsylvania June 4, 1801.[4]


  1. MUHLENBERG, Frederick Augustus Conrad
  2. The Pennsylvania-German in the Revolutionary War, 1775-1783
  3. Proceedings and Addresses, Volume 10, Part 2
  4. Supplement to Encyclopædia Britannica (ninth Edition): A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and General Literature, Volume 4

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