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Pennsylvania State Senate

Norman Bruce Critchfield



Session Position District Party
1891-1892 36 Republican
1893-1894 36 Republican
1895-1896 36 Republican
1897-1898 36 Republican
 Counties   Bedford, Fulton, Somerset


1838 - 1919

Norman Critchfield was born in Somerset, July 20, 1838; educated in common schools and Ohio University, Athens, Ohio; school teacher; mustered in on Nov. 24, 1862, staff Chaplain, 171st Regt., PVI, nine-month service.  He re-enlisted as staff Chaplain, May 22, 1864, 28th Regt., PVI; mustered out, July 18, 1865; participated in the southern coastal campaigns (Eastern Virginia and South Carolina); Sherman’s capture of Atlanta and Savannah, and the General’s march through the Carolinas to Washington.  He returned to teaching after the war; served as superintendent of Somerset schools, 1866-1869; Prothonotary of Common Pleas and Clerk of the Criminal Court, 1885-1889; elected to the state Senate, 1890; chaired the Board of Judges for the U.S. Department of Agriculture during the 1893 World Columbian Exposition; 15 years on State Board of Agriculture; and Sec. of Agriculture under Gov. Pennypacker, 1903-1907.  Senator Critchfield died on February 12, 1919.