Member Biography

Calvin Mark Duncan 

Sessions Office Position District Party
1866       19 Democrat
1869       19 Democrat
1870       19 Democrat
1871       19 Democrat

COUNTIES: Adams, Franklin  


05/28/1831 - 03/22/1894

Calvin Mark Duncan (D19) Adams and Franklin Counties 1866 (D19) Adams and Franklin Counties 1869-1871

Early Life: 

Calvin Mark Duncan, born May 28, 1831, Cashtown, Adams County, Pennsylvania; son of Adam Seth Enos and Mary Mark Duncan; Mercersburg Academy; Marshall College (now Franklin and Marshall) 1856; read law, admitted, Franklin County bar, 1858-1894; married, Mary Grace Metzger, 1858, four sons, Calvin Mark, Frank Metzger, Robert Spencer, John McClurg Duncan; elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1866; elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate 1869-1871; delegate, Democratic National Convention, 1880; died, March 22, 1894, Chambersburg, Franklin County, Pennsylvania; interment, Cedar Grove Cemetery, Chambersburg, Franklin County, Pennsylvania. 

Early Career:

Read law, Wilson Reilly and J. McDowell Sharpe, admitted, Franklin County bar, 1858; law practice, Theodore McGowan, twenty-five-year association. 

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

Member, Diagnothian Literary Society; delivered salutatory, Marshall College, 1856, member, Chi Phi fraternity.

Pennsylvania Politics:

Elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 19th district, Adams and Franklin Counties, 1866 term. 

Elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 19th district, Adams and Franklin Counties, 1869-1871; committee assignments, Banks, Divorces, Estates and Escheats, Private Claims and Damages and Public Printing. Championed the passage of the Border Claims Bill, which prided for reimbursement for two thousand homeless citizens of Chambersburg, due to the destruction of the town caused by fire, at the hands of the General Jubal Early's Confederate Army, July 30, 1864.

Delegate, Democratic National Convention, Cincinnati, Ohio, nominated General Winfield S. Hancock of Pennsylvania for president and William H. English of Indiana for vice president, 1880. 


Cox, Harold "Senate Members "C"Wilkes University Election Statistics ProjectWilkes University.

Smull’s Legislative Handbook, (1871). Smull, J.A., (Editor) Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, pages 428, 430, 436-438.

Franklin Repository (Chambersburg, Pennsylvania) Thursday March 22, 1894, Page 1

Marshall College, Class of 1856, Obituaries

Calvin M. Duncan (unknown-1894) - Find a Grave Memorial