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Joseph Heister

Revolutionary War Vet Obituary

Extracted from
The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography, Volume 38, January 1, 1914
pages 443-60

[The following obituary notices of officers and privates who
served in the Continental Line and Militia of Pennsylvania during
the Revolution have been collected from the newspapers of Montgomery

Joseph Heister-Died at his residence in Reading on Sunday evening last,
Gen. Joseph Heister, in the 80th year of his age. Gen Heister was late
Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and one of the heroes of
the Revolutionary War. He entered the army at an early period of his life,
was engaged in the battle of Long Island, was among the captured of that
day so disastrous to the American cause and subsequently confined on board
the prison ship Jersey. After his exchange had been effected he again
entered the army and was engaged in the battles of Brandywine and Germantown.
After the war he served many years in the State Legislature, and in the Congress.
In private life the deceased was a kind and indulgent parent, a good, charitable
and hospitable neighbor, and a warm and zealous friend.
-Free Press, June 20,1832.

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