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Richard Brodhead

Richard Brodhead (January 5, 1811 – September 16, 1863) was an American lawyer and politician from Easton, Pennsylvania. He represented Pennsylvania in both the U.S. House and Senate. He was the father of U.S. Representative Jefferson Davis Brodhead.

Richard Brodhead was born in Lehman Township, Pennsylvania. He moved to Easton, Pennsylvania in 1830. He studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1836 and commenced practice in Easton. He was a member of the Pennsylvania State House of Representatives from 1837 to 1839. He was appointed treasurer of Northampton County, Pennsylvania in 1841.

Broadhead was elected as a Democrat to the Twenty-eighth, Twenty-ninth, and Thirtieth Congresses. He served as chairman of the United States House Committee on Revolutionary Pensions during the Twenty-ninth Congress. He was not a candidate for renomination in 1848.

Brodhead was elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate. He served as chairman of the United States Senate Committee on Claims during the Thirty-second and Thirty-third Congresses. and the United States Senate Committee on Revolutionary Claims during Thirty-second Congress. He died in Easton in 1863. Interment in Easton Cemetery.

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
William Simonton
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 10th congressional district

1843 – 1849
Succeeded by
Milo M. Dimmick
United States Senate
Preceded by
Daniel Sturgeon
United States Senator (Class 1) from Pennsylvania
1851 – 1857
Served alongside: James Cooper, William Bigler
Succeeded by
Simon Cameron
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