Member Biography

Thomas Evans Cochran 

Sessions Office Position District Party
1839       6 Democrat
1840       6 Democrat
1841       6 Democrat
1842       6 Democrat
1843       6 Democrat

COUNTIES: York, Lancaster  


03/23/1813 - 05/18/1882

Thomas Evans Cochran (D6) Lancaster and York Counties 1840-1843

Early Life: 

Thomas Evans Cochran, born March 23, 1813, Middletown, New Castle County, Delaware; son of Doctor Richard Ellis and Eliza Frances Evans Cochran; Newark Delaware Academy; moved, York Borough, York County, Pennsylvania, 1834; editor, weekly newspaper, York Republican, 1834-1853; elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1840-1843; admitted, Pennsylvania bar, lawyer, Cochran and Hay, York Borough, York County, Pennsylvania, 1842; married, Anna Maria Barnitz , 1853, children Eliza E., Richard E., Emma B.; elected, Auditor General of Pennsylvania, 1860; enlisted, sergeant, Hay Independent Company, Civil War, 1862; delegate, Republican National Conventions, 1860, 1864, 1868; delegate, State Constitutional Convention, 1872; died, May 18, 1882 (aged 69), York, York County, Pennsylvania; interment, Prospect Hill Cemetery, York, York County, Pennsylvania.

Early Career:

On September 12, 1862, enlisted, sergeant, Hay Independent Company and discharged with his company twelve days later after Robert E. Lee had re-crossed the Potomac into Virginia subsequent to the battle of Antietam.

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

Member, vestryman, Saint John's Episcopal Church, York.

Pennsylvania Politics:

Elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 6th district, Lancaster and York Counties, 1840-1843. 

Elected, Republican, Auditor General of Pennsylvania, 1860. 

Delegate, Republican National Conventions, 1860, 1864, 1868.

Delegate, State Constitutional Convention; chairman, Railroads and Canals Committee, committee assignments, Accounts and Expenditures, Printing and Binding, 1872. 


First Republican elected to a statewide office in the Commonwealth.


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

Thomas Evans Cochran - Prospect Hill Cemetery & Cremation Gardens

Thomas Evans Cochran (1813-1882) - Find a Grave Memorial