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Pennsylvania State Senate

Samuel Stevenson


Session Position District Party
1837-1838 2 Democrat
1839 2 Democrat
 Counties   Philadelphia


1805 - 1886

Samuel Stevenson, son of Samuel Willett and Ruuyanne Stevenson, was born July 4, 1805, married, March 8, 1827, Mary Ann Bradley; died April 10, 1886. Mary A. Stevenson died in 1858.
Samuel Stevenson removed to Philadelphia, and in early life engaged in the mercantile and shipping business, from which he retired in 1847. He took an active part in public affairs, and for many years served as one of the Commissioners for the government of the District of Northern Liberties, before its incorporation into the City of Philadelphia in 1854. After the consolidation, he was three times successively elected a member of the Common Council of that city. He was tendered the position of candidate for mayor, which he declined. Prior to 1838, Samuel Stevenson represented Philadelphia in the Pennsylvania Assembly. In the latter year he was elected to the State Senate, and was a participant in what is known in history as the '' Buckshot War,'' which was a contest for seats in the Legislature, from which he emerged victorious.
Samuel Stevenson was the founder of what is known as the "Beggars School," established in his own District of Northern Liberties, for the education of poor children, which was in fact the pioneer of the public school system of Philadelphia. He was one of the founders of the First Presbyterian Church of Northern Liberties, and continued a member of it until his death.
Samuel and Mary A. Stevenson's children were: Christian Stevenson, born January 3, 1818, married, June 15, 1852, Charles Wright, of New Jersey (born October 11, 1824), died July 20, 1898. Their children were: Thomas P. Wright; Mary A. Wright; Christiann N. Wright, married Charles Cattell; Walter Stevenson Wright, born March 19, 1862, married Sarah Clark, October 19, 1892; Christiann Wright, born August 26, 1894, and Charles Wright, born December 15, 1896.