Member Biography

James C. Vaughan 

Sessions Office Position District Party
1895-1896       20 Republican
1897-1898       20 Republican
1899-1900       20 Republican
1901-1902       20 Republican

COUNTIES: Luzerne, Lackawanna  


07/28/1860 - 08/08/1901

James C. Vaughan, (R20) Lackawanna and Luzerne Counties 1895-1901

Early Life: 

James C. Vaughan, born July 28, 1860, Scranton, Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania; Scranton High School; Scranton schoolteacher, principal; studied law, admitted to bar, lawyer; elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate 1895-1901; married, Margaret Cusick Vaughan, children, Agnes, john, Joseph; died in office, August 8, 1901, (age 41 years, 11 days) fishing, Hepatic Colic, Lake Henry (Maplewood Lake)'s. Burial location unknown.

Professional titles; business ownership; board memberships; local government; club memberships:

Organizer, charter member, Saint Peter Total Abstinence and Benevolent Society of Bellevue; President, Scranton Diocesan; member, Division 17, Ancient Order of Hibernians; member, Philip Sheridan Rules, member, Philip Sheridan Monument Association, (statue of Sheridan by Allen George Newman is sited in Scranton, Pennsylvania).

Pennsylvania Politics:

Elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 20th District, 1895-1901; committee assignments, Appropriations, Education, Game and Fisheries, Judiciary General, Public Grounds and Buildings, Public Supply of Light, Heat and Water; Chairman, Law and Order.  


Only burial information found, find a grave website, wife, Margaret Cusick Vaughan, who is interred Cathedral Cemetery, Scranton, Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania, says married, James C. Vaughan (July, 1860-no cemetery).

Slated, Orphans Court Judgeship, eligible, because he was a member of legislature, that created office.   


Smull’s Legislative Hand Book, Cochran, (1900) T.B., (Editor) Miller, H.P. (Assistant Editor) Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, pages 1186, 1192-1195, Biographical Sketches of Senators, page 1164.

Wilkes-Barre Times Leader, Evening News (Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania) Friday August 09, 1901, Page 1

Wilkes-Barre Times Leader, Evening News (Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania) Saturday August 10, 1901, Page 1