Moses Hampton

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Moses Hampton
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 21st district
In office
March 4, 1847 – March 3, 1851
Preceded byCornelius Darragh
Succeeded byThomas Marshall Howe
Personal details
Born(1803-10-28)October 28, 1803
Beaver, Pennsylvania
DiedJune 27, 1878(1878-06-27) (aged 74)
Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania
Political partyWhig
Alma materWashington College

Moses Hampton (October 28, 1803 – June 27, 1878) was a Whig member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania.


Moses Hampton was born in Beaver, Pennsylvania, he moved with his parents to Trumbull County, Ohio. He pursued classical studies and graduated from Washington College (now known as Washington and Jefferson College) in Washington, Pennsylvania, in 1827, he studied law in Uniontown, Pennsylvania, was admitted to the bar in 1829 and commenced practice in Somerset, Pennsylvania. He moved to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in 1838 and continued the practice of law, founding the law firm which would ultimately become Buchanan, Ingersoll & Rooney.[1]

Hampton was elected as a Whig to the Thirtieth and Thirty-first Congresses, he was not a candidate for renomination in 1850. He served as president judge of the Allegheny County, District Court from 1853 to 1873, he died at his home, "Hampton Place," adjoining the village of Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania. Interment in Allegheny Cemetery.

He is the namesake of Hampton Township, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania.[2]


  • United States Congress. "Moses Hampton (id: H000139)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  • The Political Graveyard

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney firm history Archived 2008-12-05 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "What's in a name? For some, a bit of history". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. May 10, 1984. p. 1. Retrieved 16 May 2015.
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Cornelius Darragh
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 21st congressional district

1847 - 1851
Succeeded by
Thomas M. Howe