Member Biography

Henry Harrison Cumings 


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 (R48) Warren, 1899-1906

Early Life: 

Captain Henry Harrison Cumings, born Monmouth, Illinois, December 1, 1840, 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, and banking (president, Tidioute Savings Bank, director, Warren Trust Company); served, local Councilman, Burgess, member (and later president) Board of School Directors (34 years); married, Charlotte Jane (Sink) Cumings, 1867; together nine children, three died in infancy; Harriet Emily Ellis, Charles Andrew, Henry Harrison, Jr., Sarah Charlotte Cumings, Ralph Hunter, Laura Frances White, Infant Daughter Cumings, Benjamin Rue and Abigail Lynch (Cumings) Haines; died, quietly in his lounge chair, June 30, 1913, Tidioute, Warren County, Pennsylvania, Interment: Tidioute Cemetery Tidioute, Warren County, Pennsylvania. (i)

Early Career:

Enlisted, 105th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, August 20, 1862, Cleveland. Reassigned, 14th Army Corps, January 1863; in 1864, promoted, Captain of Company A, later transferring to Company K. 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, D.C.

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 48th district 1899-1900, 1901-1902, 1903-1904 and 1905-1906 term. 


Smull’s Legislative Hand Book, (1900) Miller, Biographical Sketches of Senators, pg. 1159.