James Henry “J. Henry” Cochran (D24) Columbia, Lycoming, Montour and Sullivan Counties, 1895-1910
James Henry “J. Henry” Cochran, born January 14, 1845, Saint Stephen, Charlotte County, New Brunswick, Canada; son of James and Mary Cochran; parents removed, Calais, Maine; common school education; arrived, Pennsylvania, 1862; engaged, lumberman, banking; married, Avis Ann Rouse, 1870, children, Joseph William Cochran, Charles Cochran, Garrett Cochran, Avis Cochran Hickok;; elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1895-1910; delegate, Democrat National Conventions, 1896, 1904; Democratic nominee, United States Senator, several times; declined, nomination, Governor of Pennsylvania; died, pneumonia, southern home December 6, 1911, (age 66 years, 326 days), Urbanna, Middlesex County, Virginia; entombed, mausoleum, Wildwood Cemetery, Williamsport, Lycoming County, Pennsylvania.
Professional titles; business ownership; board memberships; local government; club memberships:
Director, Lycoming National Bank of Williamsport, 1883; formed, banking firm of Cochran, Payne and McCormick, 1887, Mr. McCormick died, 1892; Mr. Payne withdrew, 1908, business incorporated, Northern Central Trust Company, 1909; president, director, Susquehanna, Bloomsburg and Berwick Railroad Company, Pittsburgh, Westmoreland and Somerset Railroad Company, Lycoming Improvement Company, Lycoming Electric Company, Edison Electric Company, Northern Central Trust Company, Byers Allen Lumber Company, president, Williamsport Board of Trade; various street-car lines as well as a number of land and other companies.
Elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 24th district, Columbia, Lycoming, Montour and Sullivan Counties, 1895-1910; committee assignments, Appropriations, Banks and Building and Loan Associations, City Passenger Railways, Corporations Finance, Game and Fisheries, Judiciary Special, Mines and Mining, Railroads.
Delegate, Democrat National Conventions, 1896, 1904.
Democratic nominee, United States Senator several times.
Declined, nomination, Governor of Pennsylvania.
In the early parts of the 20th Century, Cochran played the role of “Santa Clause.” According to the Evening Sentinel, of Carlisle, Cochran had “been distributing Christmas dinners to the needy.” It was estimated he helped feed 150 to 300 families each year.
The Pennsylvania Manual, (1910). Miller, H.P., (Compiler). Baker, W.H., (Assistant Compiler). Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, pages, 993, 1000-1003, Biographical Sketches of Senators, page 971.