Member Biography

Francis Dolan Collins 

Sessions Office Position District Party
1872       13 Democrat
1873       13 Democrat
1874       13 Democrat

COUNTIES: Luzerne, Monroe, Pike  


03/05/1872 - 11/21/1891

Francis Dolan Collins (D13) Luzerne, Monroe, Pike Counties 1872-1874   

Early Life:

Francis Dolan Collins, born March 5, 1841, Saugerties, Ulster County, New York; son of Thomas and Catherine Collins; Saint Joseph’s College, Montrose, Susquehanna County; moved with his parents to Dinsmore, Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania; Wyoming Seminary, Kingston, Pennsylvania; studied law; admitted,  bar, 1866; private law practice, Scranton; elected, Democrat, district attorney, mayors court, 1869; elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate 1872-1874; elected, Democrat, United States House of Representatives, Congress, 1875-1879; resumed law practice; died, November 21, 1891 (aged 50), Scranton, Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania; interment Cathedral Cemetery, Hyde Park, Scranton, Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania Politics:

Elected, Democrat, district attorney, mayors court, 1869. 

Elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 13th district, Luzerne, Monroe, Pike Counties, 1872-1874; committee assignments, Education, Judiciary General, Mines and Mining, New County and County Seats, Railroads. 

Continued Government Service/National Politics:

Elected, Democrat, United States House of Representatives, Forty-fourth, Forty-fifth Congresses, 1875-1879. 


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

Smull’s Legislative Handbook, (1874) Smull, J.A., (Editor) Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, pages 519, 521, 525-527.

Francis Dolan Collins (1841-1891) - Find a Grave Memorial

Congressional Biography

After 3 session(s) serving in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, Francis Dolan Collins  went on to serve in congress