b. 30/09/1833 Dillsburg, Pennsylvania. d. 28/05/1904 Beaver, Pennsylvania.
DATE OF MOH ACTION: 13/12/1862 Fredericksburg, Virginia.
A member of the Republican Party, he represented the state of Pennsylvania in the US Senate from March 1887 until March 1899 and again from January 1901 until his death three years later. The son of a Presbyterian minister, he attended Jefferson College (now Washington and Jefferson College) in Washington, Pennsylvania and graduated in 1850. He was admitted to the Pennsylvania bar four years later and entered politics, being elected to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. When the American Civil War broke out in April 1861, he was made a colonel of the 134th Pennsylvania Volunteers and at the Battle of Fredericksburg in Virginia and was awarded the Medal of Honor for gallantry on December 13, 1862. He then became a personal secretary to Pennsylvania Governor Andrew Curtin and in 1864 he was elected again to the Pennsylvania legislature, serving until 1867. Following the war, he became a newspaper editor, defending the spoils system and championing African-American civil rights in the South. From 1873 until 1887 he served in various state offices, as well as County Recorder of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In 1887 he was elected by the Pennsylvania legislature to the US Senate. The following year, he was elected chairman of the Republican National Committee and served as Benjamin Harrison's campaign manager during the 1888 presidential election. He finished third on the Republican National Convention's presidential ballot in 1896 and in 1900 he helped to make Theodore Roosevelt the Republican vice-presidential nominee. In 1898 he was charged with misappropriating state funds but was acquitted the following year. In late 1899 he was appointed to the US Senate by Pennsylvania Governor William Stone to fill a vacancy but the Senate refused to seat him and following a special election, he was re-elected. He died in office at the age of 70. His Medal of Honor was awarded to him on July 9, 1888
Although out of service, he voluntarily resumed duty on the eve of battle and took a conspicuous part in the charge on the heights.
BURIAL LOCATION: BEAVER CEMETERY, BEAVER, PENNSYLVANIA.
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