John Hanson Farquhar

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Farquhar's home in Brookville

John Hanson Farquhar (December 20, 1818 – October 1, 1873) was a U.S. Representative from Indiana.

Early years[edit]

Born in Union Bridge, Maryland, Farquhar attended the public schools. He moved to Indiana with his parents, who settled in Richmond in 1833. He was employed as an assistant engineer on the White River Canal until 1840. He studied law.


He was then admitted to the bar where he commenced practice in Brookville, Indiana. He was also the Secretary of the State senate in 1842 and 1843. Chief clerk of the State house of representatives in 1844. He was an unsuccessful candidate for election in 1852 to the Thirty-third Congress. He served as captain in the Nineteenth Infantry of the Regular Army in the Civil War.

Farquhar was elected as a Republican to the Thirty-ninth Congress (March 4, 1865 – March 3, 1867). He was not a candidate for renomination in 1866. He moved to Indianapolis in 1870 and engaged in banking. He was appointed secretary of state by Gov. Conrad Baker.


He died in Indianapolis, Indiana, October 1, 1873. He was interred in Crown Hill Cemetery.


  • United States Congress. "John Hanson Farquhar (id: F000026)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
William S. Holman
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Indiana's 4th congressional district

Succeeded by
William S. Holman
Political offices
Preceded by
Norman Eddy
Secretary of State of Indiana
Succeeded by
William W. Curry