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James Bowen Everhart (July 26, 1821 – August 23, 1888) was a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania.


James B. Everhart (son of William Everhart) was born in the Boot, near West Chester, Pennsylvania. He attended Bolmar’s Academy in West Chester and was graduated from Princeton College in 1842. He studied law at Harvard University and in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was admitted to the bar in 1845 and went abroad and spent two years in study at the Universities of Berlin and Edinburgh. He returned to West Chester and engaged in the practice of law. During the American Civil War, Everhart served in Company B, Tenth Regiment, Pennsylvania Militia. He served as a member of the Pennsylvania State Senate from 1876 to 1882. Everhart was elected as a Republican to the Forty-eighth and Forty-ninth Congresses. He was an unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1886. He resumed the practice of law and died in West Chester in 1888. Interment in Oakland Cemetery, near West Chester.


His writings, which are marked by terseness of style, include Miscellanies, in prose (West Chester, Pa, 1862); a volume of short poems (Philadelphia, 1868); and “The Fox Chase,” a poem (Philadelphia, 1875).[1]


His brother Benjamin Matlack Everhart was a noted mycologist.


  1. Wikisource-logo.svg One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: "[[wikisource:Appletons' Cyclopædia of American Biography/Everhart, Benjamin Matlack|]]" 1900 


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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
William Ward
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 6th congressional district

Succeeded by
Smedley Darlington

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