Member Biography

John Erwin 

Sessions Office Position District Party
1818-1819       8 Democratic-Republican


1769 - 06/03/1820

Lieutenant Colonel John Erwin (Democratic-Republican8) Lehigh, Northampton, Pike and Wayne Counties, 1818-1819 

Early Life:

Lieutenant Colonel John Erwin, born December 1769, Erwinna, Bucks County, Province of Pennsylvania, British Colonial America; son of Colonel Arthur and Mary Kennedy Erwin; major, lieutenant colonel, War of 1812; elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1818-1819, unsuccessful campaign reelection, 1819; died, June 3, 1820 (aged 50–51) Easton Cemetery, Easton, Northampton County, Pennsylvania. 

Early Career: 

Veteran, War of 1812; Pennsylvania Veterans Burial Card, Major and Lieutenant Colonel, 97th Regiment, 1st Brigade, 7th Division, Cumberland and Franklin Counties, Pennsylvania Militia.

Pennsylvania Politics:

Elected, Democratic-Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 8th district, Lehigh, Northampton, Pike and Wayne Counties, 1818-1819. Thomas J. Rogers resigned his seat prior to the beginning of the session, replaced by John Erwin; unsuccessful campaign reelection, 1819. 


It is said that his father, Colonel Arthur Erwin, one of George Washington officers, provided some of the boats used in the transporting of Washington’s troops across the Delaware, Christmas Day 1776.

Half-brother, William Livingston Erwin, Pennsylvania State Senate, 3rd district, Bucks County 1808-1816.

William Livingston Erwin  - Pennsylvania Senate Library (


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

A New Nation Votes (

John Erwin (1769-1820) - Find a Grave Memorial