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Pennsylvania State Senate

Francis Jordan


Session Position District Party
1855 14 Whig
 Counties   Bedford, Somerset


1820 - 1900

Born February 5, 1820, Bedford County; educated at Augusta College, Kentucky and Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster; studied law, admitted to the Bedford Bar; legal practice with judge and state Senator Alexander King; district attorney (two terms); President Judge, Bedford County; state Senate, 1855-1857; chair of Reapportionment sand Judiciary committees; crafted the “sale of the public works” bill, 1855; delegate to the 1860 Chicago Republican National Convention; during the Civil War, appointed by President Lincoln as a U.S. Army Paymaster and served as staff Quartermaster of the Pennsylvania Reserve Corps.; chair of the Republican State Central Committee, 1866-1872; Secretary of the Commonwealth under Governor Geary; served in in the same capacity for Gov. Hoyt, 1882-1883;  private practice with brother in law, state Senator Louis Hall in Harrisburg; counsel for the Pennsylvania Railroad; president of the Pennsylvania Telephone Company; Married first, Louisa Farquharand; and second, Mary Hall, a lineal descendant of John Harris, founder of Harrisburg. Died June 9, 1900, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.