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Pennsylvania State Senate

James W. Quiggle

Photo credit:

Portrait: Courtesy Clinton County Historical Society



Session Office Position District Party
1853 14 Buchanan Democrat
1854 14 Buchanan Democrat
1855 14 Buchanan Democrat
 Counties   Centre, Clinton, Lycoming, Sullivan


01/20/1820 - 11/28/1878

James W. Quiggle (Buchanan Democrat14) Centre, Lycoming, Sullivan, Clinton Counties 1853-1855

Early Life:

James W. Quiggle, born January 20, 1820, Wayne, Clinton County Pennsylvania; son of Johannes "John" and Rebecca Quiggle, studied law, admitted, Clinton and Lycoming bars, 1841; married, Cordelia Mayer Quiggle, 1848, children James Clarence Quiggle, Blanch Quiggle Shoemaker; elected, Buchanan Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1853-1855; Lieutenant Colonel, Governor William Fisher Packer's staff, 1858-1859; presidential appointed, American Consul to Antwerp 1860-1861, plan aborted, 1863; deputy attorney general, prosecuting attorney, Clinton County; died, November 28, 1878 (aged 58) interment, Quiggle Cemetery, Lock Haven, Clinton County, Pennsylvania.

Early Career:

Studied law, Congressman James Gamble, Jersey Shore Pennsylvania, 1851-1855.

Pennsylvania Politics:

Lieutenant Colonel, Governor William Fisher Packer's staff, 1858-1859.

Elected, Buchanan Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 14th district, Centre, Lycoming, Sullivan, Clinton Counties, 1853-1855.

Deputy attorney general, prosecuting attorney, Clinton County.

Continued Government Service/National Politics:

Appointed, President James Buchanan, American Consul to Antwerp, Civil War, tried to persuade General Guiseppi Garibaldi to command military operations for the Lincoln administration, 1860-1861; plan aborted, 1863.


Wife, Cordelia Mayer, sister of Judge Jacob Mayer. The Mayers were direct descendants of Richard Buffington, an agent for William Penn who came to Pennsylvania from England, 1675.

Son, James Clarence Quiggle, elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania House of Representatives, 1890-1893.