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Pennsylvania State Senate

John Canan


Session Position District Party
1795-1796 N/A Federalist
1797-1798 N/A Federalist
 Counties   Bedford, Huntingdon


1746 - 1831

John CANAN settled in Harts Log Valley during the Revolutionary War. On the 3d of February, 1781, he was commissioned as one of the justices of Bedford County. In 1787 he was one of the members of the Assembly for that county at the time of the separation of Huntingdon County. The same year he was appointed deputy surveyor for the county of Huntingdon and held that office until 1809.
John Canan, his father, was born in Ireland in 1746; his mother, Margery Dean, also born there, came to America before the Eevolution, and they were married here. John Canan was second lieutenant in the 2d Pennsylvania Eegiment in 1777. In 1786 and '87 he was a member of the general assembly from Bedford county. He was also a member of the supreme executive council from 1787 to 1790. Under the constitution of 1790 he was appointed an associate judge and he was again a member of the assembly from Huntingdon county from 1791 to '94, and senator from Huntingdon and Bedford from 1795 to 1799. He owned a large estate in land, and late in life entered the forge and furnace business, being unfortunate in his investment. He died in 1831, at the age of 85 years. Margery Dean Canan died in 1815, when she was 55 years old.