Member Biography

Charles P. Devlin 

Sessions Office Position District Party
1889-1890       3 Democrat

COUNTIES: Philadelphia  


01/21/1849 - 10/01/1930

Private Charles P. Devlin (D3) Philadelphia County, 1889-1890  

Early Life: 

Private Charles P. Devlin,  born January 21, 1849, old Kensington District, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, son of Hugh and Mary (Toner) Devlin; educated, public schools; private, Civil War 1861-1865; occupation malster, hotelier; school board; elected, Pennsylvania State Senate; married, Elizabeth Cavanaugh, died 1893; Mary F. Delaney, 1893; died, pneumonia, October 1, 1930, Trappe, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.

 Early Career:

Enlisted, drummer, August 3, 1861, age 12 years and 8 months, Company F, 73rd Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, mother, objected his enlistment; participated some big battles, Cross Keys; 2d Bull Run; Fredericksburg; Mud March; Chancellorsville; Gettysburg; Tennessee Campaign; Chattanooga; Missionary Ridge (where he was one of ninety to survive in a regiment of 600 soldiers); honorably discharged December 31, 1863; reenlisted, veteran private, same company and regiment; January 1864; Atlanta Campaign; took part in Sherman’s March to the Sea; Raleigh; and returned to Washington where he mustered out on July 14, 1865.

Tavern owner, 20th Ward; operated hotel, 11th Street and Girard Avenue, Philadelphia, 25 years; after Senate, moved, Trappe, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, 1910, purchased, historic “Trappe Hotel.”  

Professional titles; business ownership; board memberships; local government; club memberships:

Member, Meade Post 1, Grand Army of the Republic; member, Encampment No.2 Union Veteran Legion.  

Pennsylvania Politics:

Served several terms, secretary seventeen ward, sectional school board;

Elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 3rd district, Philadelphia County, 1889-1890; member, Accounts, Congressional Apportionment, Compare Bills, Pension and Gratuities, Public Buildings and Vice and Immorality Committees. Removed, Senate, May 1889, voting irregularities, no intentional fraud, Francis Osbourne seated.   


Smull’s Legislative Hand Book, (1890) Cochran, T. B., Biographical Sketches of Senators, page 656, 687, 693-695.