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Pennsylvania State Senate

James Dunlop


Session Position District Party
1823-1824 15 Federalist
1825-1826 15 Federalist
 Counties   Franklin


1795 - 1856

Born 1795 in Chambersburg, Senator Dunlop was the son of Andrew and Sarah Bella (Chambers) Dunlop of Franklin County.  He is best known as the attorney-compiler of Dunlop’s Digest.  Dunlop graduated from Dickinson College in 1812; was admitted to the bar in 1817; tool manufacturing business; represented Franklin County in the state Senate, 1824-27; was a member of the 1837-38 Pa. Constitutional Convention; moved to Pittsburgh to open law practice in 1838; aligned with Whigs after Jackson’s sacking of the Second US Bank; later moved to Philadelphia, 1855; abolitionist – purchased slaves so that he could free them; died on April 9, 1856 in Allegheny County.