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Delos Rockwell

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Session Position District Party
1875 23 Democrat
 Counties   Bradford, Wyoming


1837 - 1901

HON. DELOS ROCKWELL, a prominent member of the Bradford County Bar, was born in Troy, Bradford Co., Pa., August 28, 1837, a son of Martin Luther and Johanna (Marvin) Rockwell. His paternal grandfather, Samuel Rockwell, was a native of Berkshire county, Mass., and with his family moved to Canton, this county, in 1804. He died at the advanced age of eighty-eight years; his wife was Hannah Laselle, by whom he had ten children, viz.: Johanna (Mrs. Eli Parsons), Elias, Samuel James, J. Calvin and Luther M.(twins), Laban, Rufus M., Myron and Hiram. Of these, Luther M., the father of subject, was a native of Burlington, Vt., who came to Canton with his parents, in 1804, but afterward moved to Troy. In 1816, he married Johanna, a daughter of Jesse Marvin, of Monroe county, N.Y. He was the father of ten children, namely: Bingham L., Jesse M., Alvord P., Martin L., Elvira (Mrs. D. W. C. Herrick), J. Calvin, Orlando W., Hiram L., Azor S., and Delos, the subject of this sketch, who was reared in Troy, educated at Madison University, Hamilton, N.Y., and studied law with D. W. C. Bates, of Cherry Valley, N.Y., and finished his studies with the late Hon. Paul d. Morrow, of Towanda, and was admitted to the bar in February, 1862. He opened an office in Troy, the same year, and has since been in the active practice of his profession. He married, in June, 1864, Eliza B., daughter of Francis and Laura (Spalding) Smith, of Troy. Mr. Rockwell was in the Civil War, having enlisted, in June, 1863, in Company B, Twenty-sixth P.V.I., but after six weeks’ service, was honorably discharged. In 1874, he was elected State Senator from the Twenty-third District of Pennsylvania, and was a delegate to the National Democratic Convention, at St. Louis, in 1888, which nominated Grover Cleveland for a second term. Mr. Rockwell has been one of the foremost men in all school matters; he was for twenty-five years a prominent school officer of the borough and vicinity. Something of the estimate of this gentleman by his neighbors and many friends is found in the fact that, while he has always been a fearless and outspoken Democrat, yet he was elected to the State Senate, in the face of an adverse majority of 3,500 votes. He is esteemed for his many excellent qualities of head and heart, as well as for an integrity that has never even been a subject of discussion. He is a worthy representative of the family of one of the early pioneers to this part of Bradford county.
Died February 24, 1901, Troy.
OBIT: Canton Sentinel, Feb. 26, 1901; also: H.C. Bradsby, 1891, History of Bradford County