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Robert Bruce Petriken


Photo credit:

Illus. and Bio: J. Simpson Africa, History of Huntingdon and Blair Co., 1883, 97.

 

 

Sessions

Session Office Position District Party
1871 21 Democrat
1872 21 Democrat
1873 22 Democrat
1874 22 Democrat
 Counties   Blair, Centre, Huntingdon, Juniata, Mifflin, Perry

Biography

09/12/1826 - 04/15/1895

Major Robert Bruce (R. Bruce) Petrikin (D21) Blair, Centre, Huntingdon, Juniata, Mifflin, Perry 1871-1872 (D22) Centre, Huntingdon, Juniata, Mifflin Counties 1873-1874

Early Life: 

Major Robert Bruce (R. Bruce) Petrikin, born, September 12, 1826, Muncie, Lycoming County, Pennsylvania; son of William A. and Margaret Montgomery Petrikin; educated, Reverend Doctor Shedden Academy, McEwensville, Pennsylvania; Lafayette College, Easton, 1846; studied law under Andrew Porter Wilson (i), Huntingdon, 1847; Huntingdon bar, 1849; enlisted, Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, Major, Civil War, 1861: attorney; elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1870-1873; married Mary Pohl, children, Robert Bruce, two years; Donald, nineteen; Harry William (his law partner; Margaret M., wife of Joseph H. Rhodes, Burlington, New Jersey; Mary E.; and Malcolm; (ii) Died, throat cancer, Medico-Chirurgical College and Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, April 15, 1895.  Interment unknown. (iii)

Early Career:

Enlisted, Fifth Infantry, elected Major, April 20, 1861, for three-month service. The 5th was deployed to guard Washington, encamped at Alexandria, Virginia. He served until the outset of 1st Manassas; returned to Harrisburg; and mustered out with the regiment on July 25, 1861. (iv)(v)

Professional titles; business ownership; board memberships; local government; club memberships:

Member, Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States (MOLLUS), or simply as the Loyal Legion

Pennsylvania Politics:

Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1864, 17th district (vi)

Elected, Democrat Pennsylvania State Senate, 21st district Blair, Centre, Huntingdon, Juniata, Mifflin, Perry Counties 1871-1872, Compare Bills, Estates and Escheats, Judiciary General, Military Affairs and Public Printing Committees.  

Elected, Democrat Pennsylvania State Senate, 22nd district Centre, Huntingdon, Juniata, Mifflin Counties, 1873-1874; member, Compare Bills, Estates and Escheats, Judiciary Local and Vice and Immorality, Committees.  

Cited:

Smull’s Legislative Hand Book, (1871) Smull, J.A., Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, page 428, 430, and 436-438.

Smull’s Legislative Hand Book, (1873) Smull, J.A., Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, page 515, 517, and 522-524.

  1. https://ledger.litchfieldhistoricalsociety.org/ledger/students/2824
  2. Commemorative Biographical Encyclopedia of the Juniata Valley: Comprising the Counties of Huntingdon, Mifflin, Juniata and Perry, Pennsylvania, Containing Sketches of Prominent and Representative Citizens and Many of the Early Settlers.  Chambersburg, Pa.: J. M. Runk & Co., 1897, pages 47-48. http://files.usgwarchives.net/pa/huntingdon/bios/runk/petrikin-harry-w.txt
  3. Source: History of Huntingdon and Blair Counties, Pennsylvania, by J. Simpson Africa, 1883, Louis H. Everts, pub., Philadelphia, Pa., p. 97. http://www.pa-roots.org/data/read.php?130,1003674
  4. https://civilwarintheeast.com/us-regiments-batteries/pennsylvania/5th-pennsylvania-infantry/
  5. Regimental history taken from "The Union Army" by Federal Publishing Company, 1908 - Volume 1 https://civilwarindex.com/armypa/5th%20pa%20infantry.html
  6. https://politicalgraveyard.com/parties/D/1864/PA.html