Member Biography

Samuel Moore Barclay 

Sessions Office Position District Party
1837-1838       15 Whig
1838-1839       15 Whig
1840       15 Whig
1841       15 Whig

COUNTIES: Bedford, Somerset  


10/17/1802 - 01/03/1853

Samuel Moore Barclay (Whig15) Bedford and Somerset Counties 1837-1841

Early Life:

Samuel Moore Barclay, born October 17, 1802, Bedford, Pennsylvania; son of Lieutenant Colonel Hugh and Esther (Hetty) Fulton Barclay, Bedford Academy; engaged, farming; studied law under his older brother Josiah Barclay; admitted, Bedford County bar, 1827; law partnership with Francis Butter Murdoch, Murdoch and Barclay; elected, National Republican, Pennsylvania State House of Representatives, 1833-1834; elected, Whig, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1837-1841; married, Anna Eliza Sophia Morrison, 1839 (d.1839), son Joseph; died, January 3, 1853, during a business trip, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania; interment, Old Presbyterian Graveyard, Bedford, Bedford County, Pennsylvania. 

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

Member, New Jerusalem (or Swedenborgan) Church, Bedford, Pennsylvania. 

Pennsylvania Politics:

Elected, National Republican, Pennsylvania State House of Representatives, 18331834. 

Elected, Whig, Pennsylvania State Senate, 15th district, Bedford and Somerset Counties, 1837-1841. The Senate was initially organized by the Whigs who recognized the disputed election of Whigs James Hanna and William Wagner. This was reversed following the end of the Buckshot War with the seating of Democrats Samuel Stevenson and Michael Snyder. The Whigs regained one seat when Democrat Thomas Bell (Chester) was replaced by Nathaniel Brooke, a Whip, 1838-1839.

Pennsylvania House of Representatives Biography:

Not available currently.


Francis Butter Murdoch, served, first lawyer, Dredd Scott trial, Saint Louis, Missouri, 1846.


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

Guide to the Samuel Moore Barclay papers, 1818-1849 (State of Maryland Historical Collections)  

Barclay, Samuel Moore, 1802-1852 or 1853 - Social Networks and Archival Context (

Samuel Moore Barclay (1802-1852) - Find a Grave Memorial