Member Biography

Henry Harrison Cumings Sr.


In memoriam Henry Harrison Cumings

Fradenburgh, J. N. (Jason Nelson), 1843-1914

Oil City, Pa., The Derrick publishing company

Sessions Office Position District Party
1899-1900       48 Republican
1901-1902       48 Republican
1903-1904       48 Republican
1905-1906       48 Republican

COUNTIES: Venango, Warren  


12/01/1840 - 06/30/1913

Captain Henry Harrison Cumings, Sr. (R48) Venango and Warren Counties 1899-1906

Early Life: 

Captain Henry Harrison Cumings, Sr., born December 1, 1840, Monmouth, Warren County, Illinois; son of Charles and Emily Amsden Cumings; attended Oberlin (Ohio) College, graduated, honors in absentia, cut college career short to enlist, captain, Civil War, 1862-1865; engaged, pursued oil (Day & Company), lumber businesses, farming, manufacturing; president, Tidioute Savings Bank, director, Warren Trust Company; served, local Councilman, Burgess, member, president, Board of School Directors, 34 years; married, Charlotte Jane Sink Cumings, 1867, children, Harriet Emily Ellis, Charles Andrew Cumings, Henry Harrison Cumings, Jr., Sarah Charlotte Cumings, Ralph Hunter Cumings, Laura Frances White, died, quietly in his lounge chair, June 30, 1913, Tidioute, Warren County, Pennsylvania; interment, Tidioute Cemetery Tidioute, Warren County, Pennsylvania.  

Early Career:

Enlisted, 105th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, August 20, 1862, Cleveland. Reassigned, 14th Army Corps, January 1863; promoted, Captain of Company A, later transferring to Company K, 1864. During the war, 105th Regiment saw action in the battles of Perryville, Kentucky (1862); Milton, Tennessee (1863); Hoover's Gap, Tennessee (1863); Murfreesboro, Tennessee (1863); Lookout Mountain, Tennessee (1863); Missionary Ridge, Tennessee (1863); Atlanta, Georgia (1864), participated in General Sherman's March to the Sea. He mustered out, June 31, 1865, Washington, District of Columbia. 

Pennsylvania Politics:

Delegate, Republican National Convention, 1888, Auditorium Building, Chicago, Illinois, June 19–25.

Commander, Department of Pennsylvania, Grand Army of the Republic, 1895-1896 

Elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, Venango and Warren Counties, 48th district, 1899-1906; standing committee assignments, Senate of Pennsylvania, extraordinary and regular session, 1906, Agriculture, Appropriations, Corporations, Education, Finance, Forestry, Game and Fisheries, Game and Fisheries (Chirman), Public Grounds and Buildings, Public Health and Sanitation, Public Roads and Highways, Railroads.   

Extraordinary session, legislation accomplished by the Senate, 1906, personal registration law, direct primary legislation, enacted; up until this legislation candidates were chosen at conventions.


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

Smull’s Legislative Handbook, (1906). Cochran, T.B., (Editor) Miller, H.P. (Assistant Editor) Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, pages 824, 829-834, Biographical Sketches of Senators, page 802.

Capt Henry Harrison Cumings (1840-1913) - Find a Grave Memorial