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Pennsylvania State Senate

Calvin Mark Duncan


Session Position District Party
1865 19 Democrat
1867 19 Democrat
1869 19 Democrat
1871 19 Democrat
 Counties   Adams, Franklin


1831 - 1894

Calvin Mark DUNCAN, Esq., the second son of Adam Seth Enos and Mary (Mark) Duncan, was born in Cashtown, Adams county, Pa., May 28, 1831. He died at Chambersburg, Pa., March 22, 1894. He prepared for college at Mercersburg, entered Marshall (now Franklin and Marshall) College, and graduated in 1856, delivering the salutatory. He was a member of the Diagnothian Literary Society, and of the Chi Phi fraternity. The late Hon. William A. Duncan (1857), of Gettysburg, Pa., was his brother. 
Mr. Duncan read law with the late Hons. Wilson Reilly and J. McDowell Sharpe, and was admitted to the Franklin county bar in 1858, and for twenty-five years was associated with the late Theodore McGowan. At the time of his death he was the second oldest lawyer at the Franklin county bar.
From 1865 to 1872 he represented Franklin and Adams counties in the State Senate, where he introduced and secured the passage of measures beneficial to his constituency, among them the " Border Claims Bill," for reimbursing the citizens of Chambersburg for the destruction of that town by fire at the hands of the Confederate army. He was actively interested in the Democratic organization of Chambersburg and the county, and frequently represented it in State and National conventions, having been a delegate to the convention that nominated General Hancock for the Presidency in 1880.
December 16, 1858, he married Miss Mary Grace Metzger, of Lancaster, Pa., who, with four sons—Calvin Mark, Frank Metzger, Robert Spencer, and John McClurg Duncan—survives him.  Augustus Duncan, ex-Fish Commissioner of Pennsylvania, is his only surviving brother.  He was also a member of the Masonic order, and one of the charter members of his lodge. Mr. Duncan is buried at Chambersburg.
Marshall College, Class of 1856, Obituaries