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09/27/2021 03:51 PM
Pennsylvania State Senate

Samuel S Wharton


Session Position District Party
1861 19 Republican
 Counties   Bedford, Huntingdon, Somerset


1806 - 1862

Born in Newton Hamilton Township, Mifflin County, 1806, Samuel was the son of Henry Wharton; and the grandson of Samuel Wharton of Carlisle.  He was educated in Huntingdon, read law with James M. Bell; admitted to the Huntingdon bar in 1831; private practice; pursued politics acquiring the title of “Colonel;” Deputy Attorney General of Huntingdon County; Whig member of the state House of Representatives, 1853; unsuccessful at re-election, 1853 and 1857; Republican to the state Senate, 1861-1862; died at his Huntingdon boarding house while a seated senator, June 3, 1862.  At the time of his death he was a popular congressional candidate.  He is described as “fully six feet,” a “fine looking man,” and while serving in the House, was referred to as “the handsome member.”