Member Biography

John Hoge Walker 


Portrait: Courtesy Erie County Historical Society.

Sessions Office Position District Party
1850       20 Whig
1851       27 Whig
1852     Speaker 27 Whig

COUNTIES: Crawford, Erie  


02/09/1800 - 01/25/1875

John Hoge Walker (Whig27) Erie County 1850 (Whig20) Crawford and Erie Counties 1851-1852

Early Life:

John Hoge Walker born February 9, 1800, East Pennsboro Township, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania; son of John and Isabella McCormick Walker; moved, Washington County, Pennsylvania, 1817; Washington College, 1822, studied law; moved, Allegheny County, admitted Pittsburgh bar; attorney; allegedly walked from Pittsburgh to Meadville, Pennsylvania, 1824, borrowing enough money to continue his trip to Erie, Pennsylvania, the town in which he settled; established a law practice; married Katherine D. Kelley, 1831, children, Kate Walker Davenport, Isabelle Walker Armstrong, Quincy A. Walker, Mary Walker Beemer, Harry M. Walker; elected, Anti-Mason, Pennsylvania State House of Representatives, 1832-1835, Democrat, Pennsylvania State House of Representatives, 1835-1836; elected, Whig, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1850-1852, Senate Speaker, 1852; delegate at large, 1873 Constitutional Convention; died, January 25, 1875, Erie, Erie County, Pennsylvania. interment, Erie Cemetery, Erie, Erie County, Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania Politics:

Elected, Anti-Mason, Pennsylvania State House of Representatives, Erie County, 1832-1835; Democrat, Pennsylvania State House of Representatives,Erie County, 1835-1836. 

Elected, Whig, Pennsylvania State Senate, 27th district, Erie County, 1850; Whig, Pennsylvania State Senate, 20th district, Crawford and Erie Counties, 1851-1852, Senate Speaker, 1852; committee assignments, Chairman, Executive Nominations, 1850, Judiciary, 1851, Pensions and Gratuities, 1852.

Delegate at large, 1873 Constitutional Convention, on September 16, 1875, replaced deceased, former Attorney General William Meredith as president of the convention, having formerly served as chair, Committees on Cities and City Charters, member, Executive Department Committee.

Pennsylvania House of Representatives Biography:

Not currently available. 


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

Abram Douglas Harlan, Pennsylvania Constitutional Convention 1872 and 1873: its members and officers and the result of their labors (Philadelphia: Inquirer Book and Job Print, 1873), page 86.

Nelson’s Biographical Dictionary and Historical Reference Book of Erie County, volume 1 (Erie: S.B. Nelson Publishers, 1896), pages 622-623.

John H Walker (1800-1875) - Find a Grave Memorial