Member Biography

Augustus Drum 

Sessions Office Position District Party
1849       20 Democrat


11/26/1815 - 09/15/1858

Augustus Drum (D20) Armstrong, Cambria, Clearfield, Indiana Counties 1849-1850

Early Life: 

Augustus Drum, born November 26, 1815, Greensburg, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania; son of Simon, Jr. and Agnes Lang Drum; Greensburg Academy; Washington and Jefferson College; studied law, admitted, Westmoreland bar, 1836, moved, Indiana, Pennsylvania; married, Isabel Stanard Drum, 1839; elected, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1849-1850; elected, Democrat, United States House of Representatives, 1852-1855; resumed the practice of law in Greensburg; died, September 15, 1858, Greensburg, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania; interment, Saint Clair Cemetery, Greensburg, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania. 

Pennsylvania Politics:

Elected, Pennsylvania State Senate, 20th district, Armstrong, Cambria, Clearfield, Indiana Counties, 1849-1850.

Elected, Democrat, United States House of Representatives, Thirty-third Congress, 1853-1855; unsuccessful candidate for reelection, Thirty-fourth Congress, 1854. 


When running for Congress, Drum’s followers wrote a campaign song, taunting his competition with “He’ll be left at home because he can’t beat a Drum.” 


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

Augustus Drum (1815-1858) - Find a Grave Memorial

Congressional Biography

After 1 session(s) serving in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, Augustus Drum  went on to serve in congress