Member Biography

Elijah Catlin Wadhams 


Portrait: Governor’s Photograph Album, 1878, Pa. State Archives

Sessions Office Position District Party
1877       21 Republican
1878       21 Republican
1879-1880       21 Republican

COUNTIES: Luzerne  


07/17/1825 - 01/18/1889

Elijah Catlin Wadhams (R21) Luzerne (Part) County 1877-1880

Early Life:

Elijah Catlin Wadhams, born July 17, 1825, Plymouth, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania; son of Samuel and Clorinda Starr Catlin Wadhams; educated, Dana’s Academy; Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania;  New York University, 1847; engaged, general merchandising; merchant; justice of the peace, Plymouth Borough, twenty years; first burgess of Plymouth, 1866-1873; participated, Avondale Mine Disaster inquisition, 1869; moved, Wilkes-Barre, 1878; elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1877-1880; married, Esther Taylor, 1851, Children, Ellen Hendrick Wadhams, Samuel French Wadhams, Cornelia Frances Wadhams, Moses Waller Wadhams, Stella Catlin Wadhams, Lydia French Wadhams, Ralph Holberton Wadhams; died, January 18, 1889 (aged 63) Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, interment Hollenback Cemetery, Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania.  

Early Career:

Director, Wyoming Bank, Wyoming National Bank of Wilkes-Barre, thirty years; President, First National Bank of Wilkes-Barre. 

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

Mason; lifelong member of the Methodist-Episcopal Church. 

Pennsylvania Politics:

Justice of the peace, Plymouth Borough, twenty years; first burgess of Plymouth, 1866-1873.

Elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 21st district, Luzerne (Part) County 1877-1880, committee assignments, Banks, Canal and Inland Navigation, Judicial Local and Pension and Gratuities. 


Cox, Harold. "Senate Members W"Wilkes University Election Statistics Project. Wilkes University.

Smull’s Legislative Handbook, (1879). Smull, J.A., (Editor) Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, pages 704, 710-712, Biographical Sketches of Senators, page 668.

Elijah Catlin Wadhams (1825-1889) - Find a Grave Memorial