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Pennsylvania State Senate

Elijah Catlin Wadhams

Photo credit: Portrait: Governor’s Photograph Album, 1878, Pa. State Archives


Session Position District Party
1877 21 Republican
1879-1880 21 Republican
 Counties   Luzerne


1825 - 1889

Born at Plymouth, Luzerne County, July 17, 1825, the son of Samuel and Clorinda Starr (Catlin) Wadhams, originally of Harwinton, Connecticut.  Elijah was educated at Dana’s Academy, Dickinson College, and graduated from New York University in 1847.  He was a merchant and general merchandiser; justice of the peace for 20 years in Plymouth Borough; the first burgess of Plymouth, May 16, 1866-1873; participated in the 1869 Avondale Mine Disaster inquisition; moved to Wilkes-Barre in 1878; director of the Wyoming Bank and Wyoming National Bank of Wilkes-Barre for 30 years; President of the First National Bank of Wilkes-Barre; lifelong member of the Methodist-Episcopal Church; and a Mason.  He married Esther Taylor of Plymouth in 1851.   The Hon. Elijah Catlin Wadhams died in Wilkes-Barre, January 18, 1889.