James Henry Cochran
James Henry Cochran was the son of James and Mary Cochran, and was born January 14, 1845, at St. Stephens, N. B., Canada. His parents removed to Calais, Maine, when he was at an early age. He received a common school education and came to Pennsylvania in 1862, and started working in lumber woods. The lumber business commanded his interests for many years, but in 1883 he became a director of the Lycoming National Bank of Williamsport, and in 1887 formed the banking firm of Cochran, Payne & McCormick. Mr. McCormick died in 1892 and Mr. Payne withdrew in 1908, and in 1909 the business was incorporated as the Northern Central Trust Company. Mr. Cochran was identified with many corporations, being president and director of the Susquehanna, Bloomsburg & Berwick R. R. Co., Pittsburgh, Westmoreland & Somerset R. R. Co., Lycoming Improvement Co., Lycoming Electric Co., Edison Electric Co., Northern Central Trust Co., Byers Allen Lumber Co., and various street-car lines as well as a number of land and other companies. He was a delegate to three National Conventions and served his district sixteen years in the State Senate of Pennsylvania. He was the Democratic nominee for United States Senator a number of times, and declined the nomination for Governor of Pennsylvania. He was president of the Williamsport Board of Trade for several years.
Mr. Cochran married Miss Avis Ann Rouse on July 17, 1870. He died at his Southern home at Urbanna, Virginia, on December 6, 1911.