Member Biography

Cornelius Darragh 

Sessions Office Position District Party
1835-1836       21 Anti-Mason
1837-1838       19 Whig

COUNTIES: Allegheny  


1809 - 12/22/1854

Cornelius Darragh (Anti-Mason21) Allegheny County 1835-1837 (Whig19) 1837-1838 Allegheny County

Early Life: 

Cornelius Darragh, born 1809, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania; son of John Darragh and Peggy Calhoun; Western University of Pennsylvania (now, University of Pittsburgh) 1826; studied law; admitted to the bar, 1829 at age 20; attorney, private law practice, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; married, Mary Holmes Simpson, 1830; elected, Whig, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1835-1838; United States District Attorney, Western District, Pennsylvania, 1841-1844; elected, Whig, United States House of Representatives, 1844-1847; Attorney General of Pennsylvania, 1849-1851; died, December 22, 1854 (aged 44–45) Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania; Interment, Allegheny Cemetery, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. 

Pennsylvania Politics:

Elected, Anti-Mason, Pennsylvania State Senate, 21st district, Allegheny County, 1835-1837.

Elected, Whig, Pennsylvania State Senate, 19th district, Allegheny County, 1837-1838.

United States District Attorney, Western District, Pennsylvania, 1841-1844.

Elected, 25th Attorney General of Pennsylvania, 1849-1851. 

Continued Government Service/National Politics:

Elected, Whig, United States House of Representatives, Twenty-eighth Congress, vacancy, resignation of William Wilkins, reelected, Whig, Twenty-ninth Congress, 1844-1847.


Father, John Darragh, 2nd Mayor, Pittsburgh, 1817-1825.


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

Cornelius Darragh (1809-1854) - Find a Grave Memorial


Congressional Biography

After 2 session(s) serving in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, Cornelius Darragh  went on to serve in congress