Member Biography

James Chestnut 

Sessions Office Position District Party
1875       32 Democrat
1876       32 Democrat
1877       32 Democrat
1878       32 Democrat

COUNTIES: Adams, Cumberland  


1812 - 05/06/1892

Colonel James M. Chestnut (D32) Adams and Cumberland Counties, 1875-1878

Early Life:

Colonel James M. Chestnut, born 1812, Southampton Township, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania; common school education; Washington Medical School, Baltimore Maryland; engaged, farming; Justice of the Peace; School Director; married, Anne Eliza Maxwell Chestnut, children, Sarah A. Chestnut, Anna E. Chestnut, Rebecca J. Chestnut Martin, Agnes M. Chestnut Manning; elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1875-1878; died, May 6, 1892, Cleversburg, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania; interment, Spring Hill Cemetery, Shippensburg, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania Politics:

Elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 32nd district, Adams and Cumberland Counties, 1875-1878; committee assignments, Agriculture, Public Printing.


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

Smull’s Legislative Handbook, (1878). Smull, J.A., (Editor) Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, pages 656, 662-664, Biographical Sketches of Senators, page 620.

James M. Chesnut (1812-1892) - Find a Grave Memorial