Member Biography

Samuel Breck 

Sessions Office Position District Party
1817-1818       1 Federalist
1818-1819       1 Federalist
1819-1820       1 Federalist
1820-1821       1 Federalist
1832-1833       2 National Republican
1833-1834       2 National Republican


07/17/1771 - 08/31/1862

Samuel Breck (Federalist1) Philadelphia City and Philadelphia Counties 1817-1821 (National Republican2) Philadelphia County 1832-1834

Early Life:

Samuel Breck, born July 17, 1771, Boston, Province of Massachusetts Bay, (now Suffolk County), British Colonial America; Boston Latin School; Royal Military School of Loreze, France, 1783-1787; moved, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1792; merchant; corporal, Whisky Rebellion; elected, Federalist, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1817-1821; elected, Adams-Clay Federalist, 1823-1825; elected, National Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1832-1834; merchant; died, August 31, 1862 (age 91 years, 45 days), Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, interment Saint Peter’s Episcopal Churchyard, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania.


Breck, Samuel. Discourse before the Society of the Sons of New England of the City and County of Philadelphia, on the history of the early settlement of their country. Philadelphia: J. C. Clark, printer, 1845.

Breck, Samuel. An historical anecdote of Mr. John Harris, Philadelphia: No publisher, 1827.

Breck, Samuel. Historical sketch of continental paper money. Philadelphia: Printed by J.C. Clark, 1843. Reprint, A.C. Kline, 1863.

Breck, Samuel. Recollections of Samuel Breck, with passages from his note-books. (1771-1862). Edited by H.E. Scudder. Philadelphia: Porter and Coates, 1877.

Breck, Samuel. Sketch of the internal improvements already made by Pennsylvania; with observations upon her physical and fiscal means for their extension; particularly as they have reference to the future growth and prosperity of Philadelphia. Illustrated by a map of the state of Pennsylvania. 2d edition, revised Philadelphia: M. Thomas, 1818.

Pennsylvania Politics:

Elected, Federalist, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1st district, Philadelphia City and Philadelphia Counties, 1817-1821.  

Elected, National Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate 2nd district, Philadelphia County, 1832-1834.

Continued Government Service/National Politics:

Elected, Adams-Clay Federalist, United States House of Representatives, Eighteenth Congress, 1823-1825.


Daniel Breck, brother, elected, Whig, United States House of Representatives, Thirty-first Congress, 1849-1851.


Cox, Harold. "Senate Members B"Wilkes University Election Statistics ProjectWilkes University.

Samuel Breck (1771-1862) - Find a Grave Memorial


Congressional Biography

After 6 session(s) serving in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, Samuel Breck  went on to serve in congress