Member Biography

Edward C. Darlington 

Sessions Office Position District Party
1852       7 Whig
1853       7 Whig
1854       7 Whig

COUNTIES: Lancaster, Lebanon  


05/02/1819 - 03/28/1874

Edward C. Darlington (Whig7) Lebanon and Lancaster Counties, 1852-1854

Early Life:

Edward C. Darlington, born May 2, 1819, West Chester, Chester County, Pennsylvania; son of Doctor William and Catherine Lacey Darlington; served as a printer’s apprentice; married, Emily Franklin,1841,  (d.1850), children, Katherine Lacey Darlington Johnson, Walter Franklin Darlington, William Darlington; co-owner, evidentially owner, editor, publisher, Lancaster Examiner and Herald, 1841-1858; elected, Whig, Pennsylvania State Senator, 1852-1854; remarried, Mary Leland Hawley, 1851, children, Mary Darlington Jones, Lemuel Hawley Darlington; retired to farm, Lancaster; relocated, Williamsburg, York County, Virginia, 1861; died, March 28, 1874 (aged 54), Yorktown, York County, Virginia, interment, Cedar Grove Cemetery, Williamsburg, Williamsburg City, Virginia.

Early Career:

Printer’s apprentice with future Pennsylvania State Senator, Henry S. Evans of Lancaster as a young boy; later trained with Horace Greeley’s New Yorker magazine; evidentially appointed associate editor; co-owner, evidentially owner, editor, publisher, Lancaster Examiner and Herald, 1841-1858, selling the paper to Pennsylvania State Senator, United States Congressman John Heistand, 1858. Retired, farm, East Ward, Lancaster; relocated, Williamsburg, York County, Virginia, 1861, just months before the Civil War broke out. His several thousand acres, out buildings and house, were decimated by both armies during the war.

Pennsylvania Politics:

Elected, Whig, Pennsylvania State Senator, 7th district, Lebanon and Lancaster Counties, 1852-1854.


Father, William Darlington, became a botanist, studied medicine, graduated from the medical department of the University of Pennsylvania. United States Congressman, elected, Republican, Fourteenth Congress, 1815-1817; elected, Sixteenth and Seventeenth Congresses, 1819-1823.

Sister, Jane Darlington, married, Henry Sebastian Evans, Pennsylvania State Senate, 4th district, 1852-1854, 5th district, 1871-1872.

Henry Sebastian Evans  - Pennsylvania Senate Library (


Cox, Harold. "Senate Members D"Wilkes University Election Statistics Project. Wilkes University.

Edward C Darlington (1819-1874) - Find a Grave Memorial