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Pennsylvania State Senate

Aaron K Dunkle


Session Position District Party
1875 6 Republican
1877 6 Republican
 Counties   Philadelphia


1837 - 1890

Senator Aaron K. Dunkle was born on May 27, 1837, Manheim Township, Lancaster County; received a common school education; printer’s apprentice; and pursued the newspaper business in Philadelphia.  He enlisted with the Zouaves d’Affrique (Collis’s Zouaves), Co. H, 114th Regt., PVI, 2d Lt., August 26, 1862; saw action in the Shenandoah Valley, including: Middletown and Cedar Mtn.; 2d Bull Run, and Chantilly; fought at Antietam (attached to 2d Mass.), Fredericksburg, the Mud March, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Bristoe Station, Mine Run, the Wilderness and Spotsylvania Court House, Guinea Station, and Cold Harbor, where he earned a promotion to captain.  During operations at Petersburg, he received a surgeon’s discharge, September 22, 1864.  Dunkle returned to his journalism career as publisher of the Philadelphia Sunday Republic; served one term in the state Senate, 1875 through 1878; and Sec. of Internal Affairs under Gov. Hoyt, 1879-1883.  His wife was Pauline (Haynes) Dunkle of Lancaster County.  Senator Dunkle died in Philadelphia on August 16, 1890.* 
Senator Dunkle, Governor’s Photograph Album, 1878, RG-22, PSA.
*Date of Death,  According to Military Pension files.