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Pennsylvania State Senate

Christian Charles Kauffman



Session Position District Party
1895-1896 14 Republican
 Counties   Lancaster


1858 - 1936

The son of state Senator Christian Shuman and Jane McClung (Strickler) Kauffman, Christian Charles was born on April 7, 1853, Columbia, Pennsylvania; educated in common schools; Williston Seminary, East Hampton, Massachusetts; read law and joined the Lancaster bar, engaging in private practice; he was solicitor of Columbia, Lancaster County; solicitor of the Columbia School Board; director and general manager of the Columbia Iron Co., general manager of the Columbia Land Company; and elected to the state House of Representatives in 1888 and 1890.  A Republican, Kauffman was referred to as an “avowed enemy” of US Senator J. Donald Cameron, having indicated his opposition to Cameron’s representing the Pennsylvania GOP in the US Senate.  In 1894, Kauffman entered the state Senate race in Lancaster County with the distinct intention to vote against incumbent Sen. Cameron’s re-election.  The Cameron faction posed Senator Stober as his competition, Kauffman defeating the veteran senator by capturing the independent vote.  He chaired the committee on Constitutional Reform.  The senator served only briefly returning to his legal practice and civic work.  He died on July 26, 1936.  The senator married Margaret R. Wilson.