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Pennsylvania State Senate

Charles Rollins Buckalew


Session Position District Party
1851 16 Democrat
1853 16 Democrat
1857 13 Democrat
1869 16 Democrat
 Counties   Columbia, Montour, Sullivan


1821 - 1899

Charles R. Buckalew was the son of John McKinney Sr. and Martha Funston Buckalew, born in Fishing Creek Township, Columbia County, Pa., December 28, 1821.  He graduated from Harford Academy, Susquehanna County, Pa.; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1843, and commenced practice in Bloomsburg, Pa., in 1844.  Buckalew served as prosecuting attorney for Columbia County, 1845-1847; was a member of the state senate. 1850-1853; commissioner to exchange ratifications of a treaty with Paraguay in 1854; chair of the Democratic State committee in 1857; returned to the state senate, 1857-1858; was appointed one of the commissioners to revise the penal code of the State, 1857; Minister Resident to the Republic of Ecuadork, 1858-1861; elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate and served from March 4, 1863, to March 3, 1869; member, state Senate 1869; unsuccessful candidate for Governor in 1872; delegate to the constitutional convention of 1873; elected as a Democrat to the Fiftieth and Fifty-first Congresses (March 4, 1887-March 3, 1891); resumed the practice of his profession in Bloomsburg, Columbia County, Pa., where he died on May 19, 1899; interment in Rosemont Cemetery. He married Permelia Wadsworth.