Member Biography

Henry Clay Chisholm 

Sessions Office Position District Party
1897-1898       33 Republican
1899-1900       33 Republican

COUNTIES: Franklin, Huntingdon  


10/03/1859 - 10/26/1921

Doctor Henry Clay Chisholm (R33) Franklin and Huntingdon Counties 1897-1900   

Early Life:

Doctor Henry Clay Chisholm, born October 3, 1859, Rio, Kemper County, Mississippi; son of William Wallace and Emily S. Mann Chisholm; public schools and under private tutors, DeKalb, Mississippi; Vanderbilt University; moved to Pennsylvania at the age of nineteen years, settling in Harrisburg; appointed, Surgeon General’s Office, Washington, District of Columbia, 1878, resigned; moved, Williamsport, Pennsylvania;  Williamsport Pennsylvania Commercial College (now, Pennsylvania College of Technology); married,  Lillian Gross Chisholm, 1883, children, Anne Chisolm, William Wallace Chisholm, Emilie Mann Chisholm Lucas; clerk, Governor office, 1883; briefly spent time Idaho; Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, Washington, District of Columbia; Hahnemann Medical College of Philadelphia: Homeopathic Medical College of Pennsylvania, M.D., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1888; established medical practice, Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, 1889; elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1897-1900; resumed medical practice; died, October 26, 1921 (aged 62), Niagara Falls, Niagara County, New York; interment, Riverview Cemetery, Huntingdon, Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania Politics:

Clerk, Governor Henry Martyn Hoyt office, 1883.

Elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 33rd district, Franklin and Huntingdon Counties, 1897-1900, committee assignments, Appropriations, Canals and Inland Navigation (Chairman), Finance, Judicial Apportionment, Public Health and Sanitation, Railroads and Street Passenger Railways.


His father, Judge William Wallace Chisolm, and his sister, Cornelia, and brother, John, were killed by the old Ku Klux Klan in Kemper County, Mississippi, April 1877.


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

Smull’s Legislative Handbook, (1900). Cochran, T.B., (Editor) Miller, H.P. (Assistant Editor) Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, pages 1186, 1192-1195, Biographical Sketches of Senators, page 1158.

Patriot (Harrisburg, Pennsylvania) Thursday, October 27, 1921. Volume: 82 Issue: 257 Page: 7.

Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) Thursday, October 27, 1921, Volume: 185 Issue: 119 Page: 2.

 Dr Henry Clay Chisholm (1859-1921) - Find a Grave Memorial