Member Biography

John Wurts 


Philadelphia North American, September 29, 1912

Sessions Office Position District Party
1821-1822       1 Federalist
1822-1823       1 Federalist


08/13/1792 - 04/23/1861

John Wurts (Federalist1) Philadelphia City and Philadelphia County 1821-1822 (Federalist1) Philadelphia City 1822-1823

Early Life:

John Wurts, born August 13, 1792, Flanders, Morris County, New Jersey; son of John Wurtz Sr. and Sarah Grandin Wurtz; Princeton College, 1813; moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; studied law; admitted, bar, 1816, private law practice, 1816; member, Philadelphia City Council; elected, Federalist, Pennsylvania State House of Representatives, 1817-1820; unsuccessful campaign, United States House of Representatives, Philadelphia City Pennsylvania, 1818; elected, Federalist, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1821-1823; elected, Federalist, Common Council, Philadelphia City Pennsylvania, 1823-1824; elected, Federalist, United States House of Representatives, Nineteenth Congress, 1825-1827; appointed, United States District Attorney, 1827-1831; married, Martha Potts Haskins, 1829; died, April 23, 1861 (age 68), Rome, Città Metropolitana di Roma Capitale, Lazio, Italy; internment, Pleasant Mills, Batsto, Atlantic County, New Jersey.

Early Career:

Private law practice, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1816. Aided his brothers’ failing Delaware and Hudson Canal/Railway Company; President, Delaware and Hudson Canal/Railway Company, 1831-1858.

Professional Titles:

Member, Society for the Promotion of Public Schools.

Professional titles; business ownership; board memberships; local government; club memberships:

Member, Philadelphia City Council. 

Elected, Federalist, Pennsylvania House of Representatives, 1817-1820.

Elected, Federalist, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1st district, Philadelphia City and Philadelphia County, 1821-1822, Federalist, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1st district, Philadelphia County, 1822-1823.

Elected, Federalist, Common Council, Philadelphia City Pennsylvania, 1823-1824.

Continued Government Service/National Politics:

Unsuccessful campaign, United States House of Representatives, Philadelphia City Pennsylvania, 1818

Elected, Federalist, Nineteenth United States Congress, 1825-1827.

Appointed, United States District Attorney, 1827-1831.

Pennsylvania House of Representatives Biography:

Currently not available. 


Cox, Harold. "Senate Members W"Wilkes University Election Statistics Project. Wilkes University.

A New Nation Votes (

Martha Potts Haskins Wurts, 1806-1877 | Hagley Museum and Library Archives

John Wurts (1792-1861) - Find a Grave Memorial

Congressional Biography

After 2 session(s) serving in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, John Wurts  went on to serve in congress