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Thomas Erskine Carson


 

Sessions

Session Office Position District Party
1845 18 Whig
1846 18 Whig
1847 18 Whig
1851 11 Whig
1852 11 Whig
1853 Speaker 11 Whig
 Counties   Adams, Franklin

Biography

08/06/1791 - 04/26/1857

Thomas Erskine Carson (Whig18) Adams and Franklin Counties 1845-1847 (Whig11) Adams and Franklin Counties 185-1853

Early Life:

Thomas Erskine Carson, born, August 6, 1791, Greencastle, Franklin County, Pennsylvania; son of David and Jean Oliver Carson; teacher; engaged, hat manufacturing; merchant; married Agnes Craig King, 1808, children, Elliza Jane Carson, William Carson, Washington Carson, Thomas Carson, Emeline Carson, David Carson, Rose Carson; elected, auditor, Franklin County, 1824-1827; elected, magistrate, Mercersburg; elected, Whig, Pennsylvania House of Representatives, 1834-1836; elected Whig, Pennsylvania House of Representatives, 1843-1844; elected, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1845-1847; elected, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1851-1853, elected, Speaker of the Senate, 1853; died, April 26, 1857 (aged 65), Mercersburg, Franklin County, Pennsylvania; interment, Fairview Cemetery, Mercersburg, Franklin County, Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania Politics:

Elected, auditor, Franklin County, 1824-1827; Elected, magistrate, Mercersburg.

Elected, Whig, Pennsylvania House of Representatives, 1834-1836.

Elected Whig, Pennsylvania House of Representatives, 1843-1844.

Elected, Whig, Pennsylvania State Senate, 18th district, Adams and Franklin Counties, 1845-1847; defeated for re-election, fellow Whig William R. Saddler.

Elected, Whig, Pennsylvania State Senate, 11th district, Adams and Franklin Counties, 1851-1853, chairman, Election Districts Committee, 1851, chairman, Pensions and Gratuities Committee, 1852, elected, Speaker of the Senate, 1853; supported the popular election of judges, stricter regulation of the borough system, the repeal of the Walker Tariff, and federal reprisal against slave kidnappers.

Pennsylvania House of Representatives Biography:

https://archives.house.state.pa.us/people/member-biography?ID=8878

Cited:

History of Franklin County, Pennsylvania (Chicago: Warner, Beers & Company, 1887), page 848.

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