Member Biography

Allen Craig 

Sessions Office Position District Party
1879-1880       22 Democrat
1881-1882       22 Democrat

COUNTIES: Carbon, Monroe, Pike  


12/25/1835 - 12/31/1902

Allen Craig (D22) Carbon, Monroe and Pike, Counties 1879-1882

Early Life: 

Allen Craig, born December 25, 1835, Lehigh Gap, Carbon County, Pennsylvania; son of Senator Thomas and Catherine Hagenbuch Craig; attended, Reverend John Vandeveer Academy, Easton, Pennsylvania; Lafayette College, 1855; studied law with Milo M. Dimmick of Mauch Chunk; admitted bar, 1858; lawyer, private practice, Mauch Chunk, 1858-1892; elected district attorney of Carbon County, 1859-1861; sergeant, Company A, 19th Regiment, Pennsylvania Emergency Militia, 1862, Civil War; elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State House of Representatives, 1866 term; reelected, 1867-1869, not a candidate for reelection, 1868; counsel, Lehigh Valley Railroad; elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1879-1882; not a candidate for reelection to the Senate; elected, judge, 43rd judicial district, Monroe County, 1893-1901; unsuccessful campaign, reelection, judge 1901; director, First National Bank, Mauch Chunk; married Anna Isabelle Douglas, 1866, two sons Douglas and Harry, 2 daughters Hattie and Gay; died, December 31, 1902, Mauch Chunk (now Jim Thorpe), Carbon County, Pennsylvania; interred, Mauch Chunk Cemetery, Jim Thorpe, Carbon County, Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania Politics:

Elected, district attorney, Carbon County, 1859-1861.

Elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State House of Representatives, 1866 term; reelected, 1867-1869, not a candidate for reelection, 1868. 

Elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 22nd district, Carbon, Monroe and Pike Counties, 1879-1882, not a candidate for reelection to the Senate.

Elected, judge, 43rd judicial district, Monroe County, 1893-1901, unsuccessful campaign, reelection, judge 1901.

Pennsylvania House of Representatives Biography:

Official Website - PA House Archives Official Website (


Father, Thomas Craig, Jr., Pennsylvania State Senate, 8th district, Carbon, Monroe, Pike, Wayne Counties, 1857-1859.

Thomas Craig Jr. - Pennsylvania Senate Library (

As counsel to the Lehigh Valley Railroad, the Senator served as a prosecutor against the Molly Maguires, assisting (former Senator) Francis Wade Hughes, who served as chief prosecutor.

Trustee, superintended Dimmick Memorial Library Building, stipulated by the will of Milton Dimmick, whose father Milo, studied law with. Opened October 1, 1890, still in use today.

Chairman, Building Committee, Civil War Moment to brave soldiers who fought, County of Carbon, dedication September 28, 1886.


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

Smull’s Legislative Handbook, (1879). Smull, J.A., (Editor) Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, pages 704, 710-712, Biographical Sketches of Senators, page 662.

Allen Craig (1835-1902) - Find a Grave Memorial