Pottstown Mercury: Ryan Costello set to take seat in 114th Congress
As published in the Pottstown Mercury
Politicians from West Chester who have served as U.S. Representative for Pennsylvania’s 6th Congressional District hold remarkable and sometimes colorful biographical histories.
Like the private in the U.S. Army during the Civil War (Smedley Darlington, who served from 1887-1891) who grew to be a banker and the eventual grandfather of a military man known as the “Fighting Quaker;” and the businessman who began his career (William Everhart, 1853-1855) in Congress 30 years after surviving the sinking of the ship Albion off the coast or Ireland; and the war veteran (John Hickman, 1855-1863) who led the impeachment hearing of a federal judge from Tennessee in the 1860s; and the Everhart scion (James Bowen Everhart 1883-1887) who supplemented his work as a Harvard-educated attorney by publishing works of poetry, notably “The Fox Chase.”
Now we have the tall, lanky attorney who was born in northern Chester County and described spending his youth in the East Vincent village of Sheeder “always outside with a ball — soccer, football, Whiffle ball, basketball” or with his nose in books about sports heroes and the Hardy Boys.
Ryan Costello, 38, of West Chester, on Jan. 6 will become the 49th person to represent the 6th district, a Congressional seat that has moved across the state as legislative boundaries have been linked with it since 1791, when Andrew Gregg first held the office. Entering the 114th Congress, Costello will take his place alongside the Darlingtons and Butlers and Everharts and Hickmans who have held the office, and will succeed James Gerlach, who Costello met as a young township supervisor and purposefully modeled his political career after.
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