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Charles P Devlin



Session Position District Party
1889-1890 3 Democrat
 Counties   Philadelphia


1849 - 1930

Born in Philadelphia to Irishman Hugh and Mary (Toner) Devlin on January 21, 1849, in the old Kensington District, Charles P. Devlin was educated in public schools; enlisted as a drummer, Aug. 3, 1861, age 12 years and 8 months, Co. F, 73rd Regt., PVI.  His mother, who objected to his enlistment, had three brothers in the Union Army, and two in the Confederate Army.  Devlin was deployed for the defense of Washington, and participated in the battles of Cross Keys; Cedar Mtn.; 2d Bull Run; Fredericksburg; Mud March; Chancellorsville; Gettysburg; and the pursuit of Lee; deployed fall of 1863 to the Tennessee Campaign with Army of the Cumberland, 20th Corps, action at Lookout Mtn.; Chattanooga; Missionary Ridge (where he was one of ninety to survive in a regiment of 600 soldiers); honorably discharged Dec. 31, 1863; reenlisted as veteran private in the same company and regiment; furloughed to Philadelphia Jan-March 1864; returned to Chattanooga to join the Atlanta Campaign; took part in Sherman’s March to the Sea; Raleigh; and returned to Washington where he mustered out on July 14, 1865. 
After the war, he was a tavern owner in the 20th Ward; operated a hotel at 11th St. and Girard Ave. for 25 years; travelled to and periodically lived in Cuba; served several terms on the public school board; elected as a Democrat to the state Senate, 1888, over incumbent Frank Osbourne, only to relinquish the seat to his contemporary at the end of one session due to alleged ward voting irregularities; moved to Trappe, Montgomery County about 1910, where he purchased the historic “Trappe Hotel.”  His first wife was Elizabeth Cavanaugh, who died in 1893; married, second, Mary F. Delaney, 1893.  Charles Devlin passed away at Trappe, October 1, 1930.