Member Biography

John M. Cresswell Jr.

Sessions Office Position District Party
1853       15 Democrat
1854       15 Democrat
1855       15 Democrat
1856       15 Democrat
1857       15 Democrat
1858     Speaker 15 Democrat
1859       20 Democrat


01/16/1819 - 01/30/1882

John M. Cresswell, Jr. (D15) Blair, Cambria, Huntingdon Counties, 1854-1858 (D20) Blair, Cambria, Clearfield Counties 1859

Early Life:

John M. Cresswell, Jr., born January 16, 1819, Alexandria, Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania; son of John Sr., and Margaret Mytinger Cresswell; schoolteacher, 1834-1836; admitted, Huntingdon bar, 1842; attorney, law practice, Hollidaysburg; married, Margaret Armitage, 1845, children, John George Cresswell, Marilla Cresswell Locke, Sarah Cresswell, Mary Elizabeth Cresswell, Margaret Foster Cresswell; gubernatorial appointment, Blair County, first district attorney, 1846; elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1854-1859, Speaker, 1858; unsuccessful nomination, governor of Pennsylvania, Democrat Convention, Reading, Pennsylvania, 1860; retired, Hollidaysburg legal practice; justice of the peace, Hollidaysburg, 1879; died, January 30, 1882 (age-63), Hollidaysburg, Blair County, Pennsylvania; interment, Hollidaysburg Presbyterian Cemetery, Hollidaysburg, Blair County, Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania Politics:

Gubernatorial appointment, Governor Francis Rawn Shunk, Blair County, first district attorney, 1846.

Elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 15th district, Blair, Cambria, Huntingdon Counties, 1854-1858, Speaker, 1858, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 20th district, Blair, Cambria, Clearfield Counties, 1859.

Unsuccessful nomination, governor of Pennsylvania, Democrat Convention, Reading, Pennsylvania, 1860.

Justice of the peace, 1879.


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