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Pennsylvania State Senate

Augustus Drum


Session Position District Party
1849 20 Democrat
 Counties   Armstrong, Cambria, Clearfield, Indiana


1815 - 1858

Born in Greensburg, Westmoreland County, November 26, 1815, the Honorable Augustus Drum was the son of Simon, Jr. and Agnes Lang Drum of Greensburg.  He completed studies at Greensburg Academy and graduated from Washington and Jefferson College, studied law, and joined the Westmoreland bar before moving to Indiana, Pennsylvania.  He was elected to the state Senate, 1849-1850, and to the U.S. House of Representatives, 1852-1855.  When running for Congress, Drum’s followers wrote a campaign song, taunting his competition with “He’ll be left at home because he can’t beat a Drum.”  He moved to Pittsburgh at the end of his term, joined the Allegheny County bar, and practiced law briefly before returning to Greensburg.  He is described as a man “of medium height and build, with brown hair and blue eyes.”  Senator Drum passed away on September 15, 1858, interred at St. Clair Cemetery.  He was married to the former Isabel Stannard of Indiana.