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Henry Souther

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Tintype Etching, George Bergner, Legislative Journal, 1858.




Session Position District Party
1857 18 Republican
 Counties   Clearfield, Elk, Jefferson, McKean, Potter, Tioga


1826 - 1891

Judge and attorney of Elk, Schuylkill, and Erie County, born March 5, 1826 in Charlestown, Massachusetts, the son of British immigrants Joseph and Hepsie (Armisted) Souther.  Henry attended public schools in Charlestown; the Walpole (New Hampshire) Academy; the Fryeburg, Maine Academy, 1836-1840; and private schools in Charlestown and Boston, 1840-1842.  He moved to Ridgway, Elk County, in late 1842, to manage his father’s lumber business, but pursued the study of law in 1845, after the business failed.  He taught school, was elected Elk County Treasurer, 1847-1849, and joined the Elk County Bar in 1848.  Souther practiced law for 20 years in Elk County, was appointed Deputy Attorney General of the county; elected Attorney General, 1848 to 1855; elected state Senator, 1856-1858 as a Republican; served as a delegate to the 1860 Republican National Convention in Chicago; received an appointment as Commonwealth Surveyor General in 1861 from Gov. Curtin; and served as delegate to the 1868 Republican National Convention.  In 1871, Governor Geary confirmed Souther as Additional Law Judge of Schuylkill County.  After residing in the latter county through 1872, the former senator moved to Erie, Pennsylvania, became a prominent member of the bar, and remained for 18 years before retiring to Everett Massachusetts, where he died in 1891; interred in Woodlawn Cemetery.  The Hon. Henry Souther married Letitia Patterson of Warren County, Pennsylvania.     
History of Erie County, vol. I (Chicago: Warner, Beers and Co., 1884), 954.