Member Biography

John Andrew Canan 

Sessions Office Position District Party
1795-1796         Federalist
1796-1797         Federalist
1797-1798         Federalist

COUNTIES: Bedford, Huntingdon  


10/15/1746 - 10/20/1831

Colonel John Andrew Canan (Federalist) Bedford and Huntingdon Counties 1794-1797

Early Life:

Colonel John Andrew Canan, born October 15, 1746, Burt, Carrowreagh, Donegal, Ireland; son of Moses and Hannah Canan; married, Margery Dean, 1775, children, Hannah Canan, Catherine Canan, Sarah Canan, Captain Moses Henderson Canan, Henry Canan, James Canan, John Canan Jr., Robert Canan; Samuel Canan, Sarah Canan, Richard Canan; second lieutenant, 2d Pennsylvania Regiment, 1777; commissioned, justices of Bedford County, 1781; elected, Republican, Pennsylvania General Assembly Bedford County, 1786-1787; member, Supreme Executive Council, 1787-1790, appointed, associate judge; elected, Democratic-Republican, Pennsylvania State House of Representatives, 1791-1794; elected, Federalist, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1794-1797; died, October 20, 1831, Williamsburg, Huntingdon, Pennsylvania; interment, Canan Graveyard, Barree, Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania Politics:

Commissioned, justices of Bedford County, February 3,1781.

Elected, Republican, Pennsylvania General Assembly, Bedford County, 1786-1787.

Member, Supreme Executive Council, 1787-1790; appointed, associate judge.

Elected, Democratic-Republican, Pennsylvania State House of Representatives, Huntingdon County, 1791-1794.

Elected, Federalist, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1794-1797.

Pennsylvania House of Representatives Biography:

Not currently available. 


Interment, Canan graveyard, on the farm belonging to his brother Henry. 


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

COL John Andrew Canan (1746-1831) - Find a Grave Memorial