The Acquisitions Table: An die freyen Erwähler von Berks County

An die freyen Erwa?hler von Berks County. Reading, PA, [ca. 1823]

This German-language broadside from Berks County, PA, celebrates the life and achievements of Andrew Gregg (1755-1835). Gregg had served in the Delaware militia during the Revolutionary War and was elected a Congressman and Senator for Pennsylvania from 1807 to 1813. By 1823, Gregg had been away from Washington politics for a decade, working as a banker and serving as Secretary of State for Pennsylvania. He ran unsuccessfully for governor in 1823 and it is likely that this broadsheet, with its descriptions of past military gallantry and federal service, was intended to assist him during the campaign. Purchased from Jean’s Book Service. Adopt-a-Book Fund.

Published by

Lauren Hewes

Andrew W. Mellon Curator of Graphic Arts, American Antiquarian Society

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