Archives of Maryland
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Jacob Michael Kunkel (1822-1870)
MSA SC 3520-2064
U.S. House of Representatives, 1857-1861


Born John Michael Kunkel, July 24, 1822, in Frederick, Marland. Great-grandson of John Kunkel, a Colonel in the army of Frederick the Great, who immgrated to Lancaster County around 1732. Grandson of William who served in the Revolution at Fort Miffin on Mud Island. Son of Elizabeth Barker of Lancaster County, PA, and John Kunkel (died July 13, 1861), a light-horseman during the War of 1812 and later an alderman for Frederick. Educated at St. John's Catholic Seminary, Frederick College, and the University of Virginia. Married Anna Mary McElfresh (died December 12, 1878), eldest daughter of Dr. John H. MacElfresh on January 3, 1849, and had three children. Died April 7, 1870.

Public Service

Senate, (Democrat) Frederick County, 1849-1856.

United States House of Representatives, 35th and 36th Congresses, 1857-1861. Delegate to the Loyalist Convention in Philadelphia in 1866

Private Career

Studied law under Joseph M. Palmer. Admitted to the bar in October 1845. Law partner to Governor Francis Thomas c.1845-1850. Partner with his brother John B. Kunkel, at Catocin Furnance. Member and vestryman of Protestant Episcopal Church

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