Member Biography

James Bowen Everhart 


Portrait: Governors Album, 1878, PSA and Congressional Biographies

Sessions Office Position District Party
1877       19 Republican
1879-1880       19 Republican
1881-1882       19 Republican

COUNTIES: Chester  


07/26/1821 - 08/23/1888

James Bowen Everhart (R19) Chester County 1876-1882

Early Life: 

James Bowen Everhart born July 26, 1821, Boot, West Chester, West Whiteland Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania; son of William and Hannah Matlack Everhart; attended Bolmar's Academy, West Chester, Pennsylvania, Princeton College, 1842; Harvard University Law, Cambridge Massachusetts, 1845; admitted, bar, 1845; went abroad, International Law, degrees, Edinburgh, Scotland and Universities of Berlin, 1849; attorney, West Chester, Pennsylvania, 1845-1888; Civil War, Pennsylvania Militia, 1863-1864; author; elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate 1876-1882; elected, Republican, Forty-eighth and Forty-ninth United States Congresses 1883-1887; died, August 23, 1888; West Chester, Chester County, Pennsylvania, interment Oakland Cemetery, West Chester, Chester County, Pennsylvania. (i)(ii)

Early Career:

Civil War served, Company B, Tenth Regiment, Pennsylvania Militia, 1863-1864.



James B. Everhart, Poems (Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott, 1868) 

The Fox Chase (Philadelphia: Porter & Coates, 1874)(1873) 


James B. Everhart, Miscellanies (West Chester [Pennsylvania]: E.F. James, 1862)(1876)(1880)(1882)   (includes some of Everhart's poetry)


James B. Everhart, Speeches, etc. (New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1888)


Thos. Louis Ogier, A Memorial of the Life and Character of James Bowen Everhart (New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, The Knickerbocker Press, 1889) 

Pennsylvania Politics:

Elected, Republican, 19th district, Chester County, Pennsylvania State Senate 1876-1882, not a candidate for reelection; elected United States Congress; member, Compare Bills, Federal Relations Judiciary General and Library Committees. 

Elected, Republican, sixth district, Forty-eighth and Forty-ninth United States Congresses 1883-1887, unsuccessful candidate for renomination, 1886. (iii)


Grandfather, James Everhart, soldier, United States Army, American Revolutionary War; father William, United States Congressman; brother Benjamin Matlack Everhart noted mycologist.


Smull’s Legislative Hand Book, (1879) Smull, J.A., Biographical Sketches of Senators, page 663, 704 and 710-712.



Congressional Biography

After 3 session(s) serving in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, James Bowen Everhart  went on to serve in congress