Thomas Evans Cochran (D6) Lancaster, York Counties 1840-1843
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; married, Anna Maria Barnitz , 1853, children Eliza E., Richard E., Emma B.; lawyer, Cochran & Hay, York Borough, York County, Pennsylvania; elected, Auditor General of Pennsylvania, 1860; enlisted, sergeant, Hay Independent Company, Civil War, 1862; delegate, Republican National Conventions, 1860, 1864, 1868; member, State Constitutional Convention, 1872; died, May 18, 1882 (aged 69) York, York County, Pennsylvania; interment, Prospect Hill Cemetery, York, York County, Pennsylvania.
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.
Elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 6th district, Lancaster, York Counties, 1840-1843.
Elected, Republican, Auditor General of Pennsylvania, 1860.
Delegate, Republican National Conventions, 1860, 1864, 1868.
Member, 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.