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Cornelius Darragh



Session Office Position District Party
1835-1836 21 Anti-Mason
1837-1838 19 Whig
 Counties   Allegheny


1809 - 12/22/1854

Cornelius Darragh (Anti-Mason21) 1835-1836 (Whig19) 1837-1838 Allegheny County

Early Life: 

Cornelius Darragh, born 1809, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania; son of John Darragh and Peggy Calhoun; attended the Western University of Pennsylvania (now, University of Pittsburgh) 1826; studied law; admitted to the bar, 1829 at age 20; private law practice, Pittsburgh; married, Mary Holmes Simpson, 1830; elected, Whig, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1835-1838; United States District Attorney, Western District, Pennsylvania, 1841-1844; elected, Whig, United States House of Representatives, 1844-1847; Attorney General of Pennsylvania, 1849-1851; died, December 22, 1854 (aged 44–45) Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania; Interment, Allegheny Cemetery, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania.

Early Career:


Pennsylvania Politics:

Elected, Anti-Mason, Pennsylvania State Senate, 21st District, Allegheny County, 1835-1836.

Elected, Whig, Pennsylvania State Senate, 19th District, Allegheny County, 1837-1838.

25th Attorney General of Pennsylvania, 1849-1851.

Names of any service after Senate –year(s):

United States District Attorney, Western District, Pennsylvania, 1841-1844.

Elected, Whig, United States House of Representatives, Twenty-eighth Congress, vacancy, resignation of William Wilkins, reelected, Whig, Twenty-ninth Congress, 1844-1847.


Father, John Darragh, 2nd Mayor, Pittsburgh, 1817-1825




After 2 session(s) serving in the Pennsylvania Senate, Cornelius Darragh went on to serve in congress