Member Biography

David Taggart 


Book of Biographies: Seventeenth Congressional District, Pennsylvania (Buffalo, NY: Biographical Publishing Company, 1899), pages 274-276; also: Biographical Encyclopedia of Pennsylvania, Charles Robson, ed. (Philadelphia: Galaxy Publishing Co., 1874), pages162-163; also: Genealogical and Biographical Annals of Northumberland County, Pennsylvania (Chicago: J.L. Floyd & Co., 1911), page 10; also: Book of Biographies, pages 275-276; also: Coleman, 130; also: List of Officers of the Army of the United States from 1779 to 1900, comp. Colonel William Powell (New York: L.R. Hamersly and Co., 1900), page 620.

Sessions Office Position District Party
1855       8 Whig
1856       8 Whig
1857     Speaker 8 Whig


05/28/1822 - 06/30/1888

Colonel David Taggart (Whig8) Dauphin and Northumberland Counties 1855-1857

Early Life:

Colonel David Taggart, born May 28, 1822, Northumberland, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania; son  John and Hannah Collon Huston Taggart; common school education; Milton Academy, Dickinson College; read law, with Ebenezer Greenough; admitted, Northumberland County bar, 1843; attorney, law practice, Northumberland; engaged, banking, publishing; married Anna Pleasants CowdenTaggart, 1848, children, Helen Taggart Clark, Hannah C. Taggart; delegate, Whig National Convention, 1848; chairman, Pennsylvania State Whig Convention, 1852; election, Whig, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1855-1857; Speaker, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1857; delegate, Chicago Republican Convention, 1856; chairman, Republican State Conventions, 1859, 1860; delivered, electoral vote, Abraham Lincoln, 1860; major, paymaster Quartermaster Department, Lieutenant Colonel, United States Army, 1861-1873; president, Pennsylvania State Agriculture Society; school director, Monroe County; died, June 30, 1888, Northumberland, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania; interment, Riverview Cemetery, Northumberland, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania Politics:

Delegate, Whig National Convention, 1848.  

Chairman, Pennsylvania State Whig Convention, 1852. 

Election, Whig, Pennsylvania State Senate, 8th District, Dauphin and Northumberland Counties, 1855-1857; Speaker, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1857. 

Delegate, Chicago Republican Convention, 1856. 

Chairman, Republican State Conventions, 1859, 1860; delivered, electoral vote, Abraham Lincoln, 1860.


Wife, Hannah Collon Huston Taggart, granddaughter, Revolutionary War hero, Matthew Huston, Pennsylvania House of Representatives, 1800-1801; Chief Clerk, Pennsylvania House of Representatives, 1802-1807.  Official Website - PA House Archives Official Website (


Cox, Harold. Senate Members "T" ( Wilkes University Election Statistics ProjectWilkes University.

Col David Taggart (1822-1888) - Find a Grave Memorial