Andrew Gregg

Andrew Gregg (1755 - 1835)

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Andrew Gregg
Born in Carlisle, Cumberland, Pennsylvania, British Colonial Americamap
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Husband of — married in Middleton, Pennsylvaniamap
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Died in Bellefonte, Centere County, Pennsylvania, USAmap
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Preceded by
John Milledge

Preceded by
George Logan
Andrew Gregg
President pro tempore
of the US Senate
President pro tem

US Senator (Class 3)
from Pennsylvania
Seal of of the US Senate
Succeeded by
John Gaillard

Succeeded by
Abner Lacock


Andrew Gregg was born on June 10, 1755, in Carlisle, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania. His father was Andrew Gregg (1710–1789), and his mother was Jane Scott (1725–1783). He married Martha Potter (daughter of General James Potter (1729–1789), on January 29, 1787, in Buffalo Valley, Union County, Pennsylvania. Andrew passed away May 20, 1835, in Bellefonte, Centre County, Pennsylvania, having lived a long life of 79 years.[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9][10][11][12]

"GREGG, HON. ANDREW, was born June 10, 1755, about two miles northwesterly of Carlisle, Pa., on a farm adjoining the meeting-house farm, in Middleton township. His father, Andrew, came from Londonderry, Ireland, and his grandfather's name was John. The family had emigrated from Scotland to Ireland, and an old-fashioned sword and espontoon, long in the garret of the old house on the Conodoguinet, were arms of the ancestor in the army of King William at the battle of the Boyne, July 1, 1690.

Hon. Andrew Gregg received his early education at Rev. John Steel's Latin school, in Carlisle, and was then sent to Newark, Del., to complete his education. While thus engaged he turned out upon several occasions in the militia.

On the march of the British from Turkey Point to Philadelphia the academy at Newark was broken up, and Mr. Gregg returned to Carlisle to assist his father on the farm, his other brothers being in the army. In 1779 he went to Philadelphia, with the intention of going to France for his health, which had been in a declining state for some time; but changing his intention he accepted the appointment of tutor in the college (now university) there, and continued there under Drs. Smith and Ewing's administrations until 1783, when he removed to Middletown, Pa., where he resided four years, engaged in the mercantile business.

Jan. 29, 1787, Mr. Gregg was married to Martha, daughter of Maj.-Gen. James Potter, at the latter's old residence in Buffalo valley (Union County now). He then removed to Lewistown, then being laid out by Gen. Potter and Maj. Montgomery, where his daughter Mary, afterwards Mrs. McLanahan, of Greencastle, Pa., was born, Nov. 2, 1788. In 1789 he removed to Penn's valley, two miles east of the Old Fort"[13]

"Died in Bellefonte, on the 20th May, 1835, in his 80th year, Andrew Gregg, Esq. Mr. Gregg was among the early settlers in Penn's valley. He was born on 10th June, 1755, at Carlisle. He acquired a classical education at several of the best schools of that day, and was engaged for some years as a tutor in the University of Pennsylvania. In the year 1783, Mr. Gregg, having saved a few hundred dollars from his salary as a teacher, changed his employment, and commenced business as a storekeeper in Middletown, Dauphin county. In 1787 he married a daughter of General Potter, then living near the West Branch, in Northumberland county ; and at the earnest request of his father-in-law, in 1789, moved with his family in Penn's valley, where he settled down in the woods, and commenced the business of farming, about two miles from Potter's old fort. On the place he first settled, he continued improving his farm from year to year, pursuing with great industry the business of a country farmer. There all his children were born and some married, and there he resided until the year 1814, when he came with his family to reside in this borough; having some years before purchased property in this neighborhood. In 1790 Mr. Gregg was elected a member of congress, and by seven successive elections, for several districts, as they were arranged from time to time, including one by a general vote or ticket over the whole state-was continued a member of that body for 16 successive years-and during the session of 1806-7, was chosen a member of the Senate of the U. S. At the expiration of this term, on the 4th of March, 1803, he returned to private life. One principal object of coming to reside in this borough, was a desire to be convenient to good schools, for the benefit of his younger children. Here he lived a retired life, attending to the education of his children and the improvement of his farms, until Dec. 1820, when he was called by Gov. Hiester to the situation of secretary of the commonwealth. During the administration of Governor Hiester, the duties of that office were executed by him with talent and integrity. Mr. Gregg, as a public man, as well as in private life, was remarkable for a sound and discriminating man, agreeable and dignified manners, strict regard for truth, and unbending and unyielding honesty." [14]

Andrew Gregg had the honor of having two Pennsylvania Townships named after him. One is "Gregg Township" Centre County, Pennsylvania[15][16][17]; The other is "Gregg Township" in Union County, Pennsylvania[18].


  1. 1978, Colonial and Revolutionary Families of Pennsylvania, John W. Jordan, page 856
  3. "Gregg Township Bi-Centennial"~Two-hundred Years Remembered; 1977: "Early History~Hon. Andrew Gregg; by Arden Blunt; pages 12 & 13
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  16. "Gregg Township Bi-Centennial"~Two-hundred Years Remembered; 1977: "Early History~Hon. Andrew Gregg; by Arden Blunt; pages 12, 13, & 14
  • Commemorative Biographical Record of Central Pennsylvania: Including the Counties of Centre, Clearfield, Jefferson and Clarion: Containing Biographical Sketches of Prominent and Representative Citizens, Etc. Chicago: J. H. Beers, 1898. [1]

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