Member Biography

James Dunlop 

Sessions Office Position District Party
1824-1825       15 Federalist
1825-1826       15 Federalist
1826-1827       15 Federalist

COUNTIES: Franklin  


1795 - 04/09/1856

James Dunlop (Federalist15) Franklin County 1824-1827

Early Life:

James Dunlop, born 1795, Chambersburg, Franklin County, Pennsylvania; son of Andrew and Sarah Bella Chambers Dunlop; Dickinson College, 1812; admitted, bar, 1817; attorney-compiler of Dunlop’s Digest; tool manufacturing business; elected, Federalist, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1824-1827; elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State House of Representatives, 1831-1832; delegate, Pennsylvania Constitutional Convention, 1837-1838; opened Pittsburgh law practice, 1838; moved, Philadelphia, 1855; married, Maria Madeira, children, Sarah Bella Wilson, Helen Motte; died, April 9, 1856 (aged 60–61), Baltimore City, Maryland. Burial Details Unknown.

Pennsylvania Politics:

Elected, Federalist, Pennsylvania State Senate, 15th district, Franklin County, 1824-1827. 

Elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State House of Representatives, Franklin County, 1831-1832.

Delegate, Pennsylvania Constitutional Convention, Adams, Cumberland and Franklin Counties, 1837-1838.


Prepared The General Laws of Pennsylvania, 1700-1846, Chronologically Arranged with Notes and References to all the Decisions of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, Giving Construction to Such Laws, 1847. Published Digest of the General Laws of the United States with References and Notes of Decisions, 1856.


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

James Dunlop (1795-1856) - Find a Grave Memorial