Member Biography

David Fleming 


Portrait: Atlantic, 1890

Sessions Office Position District Party
1864       15 Republican
1865       16 Republican
1866     Speaker 15 Republican

COUNTIES: Lebanon, Dauphin  


07/17/1812 - 01/14/1890

David Fleming (R15) Dauphin and Lebanon Counties 1864 (R16) Dauphin and Lebanon Counties 1865-1866

Early Life:

David Fleming, born July 17, 1812, Washington County, Pennsylvania; son of Samuel and Sarah Fleming; family moved, West Hanover township, Dauphin County, 1812; Harrisburg Academy; carpenter's clerk; engaged, boat shipping; editor, state legislative reporter, United States Gazette, 1838-1847; entered the law office of William McClure, admitted, Bar, 1841; attorney, 1841-1890; elected, Chief Clerk, Pennsylvania House of Representatives, 1847-1848; elected, District Attorney, Dauphin County, 1854-1856, declined a re-election; publisher; elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate 1864-1866, Speaker in the closing session of his term; director, Harrisburg City Railroad; co-founder, president, Harrisburg Car Manufacturing Company; incorporator, First National Bank of Harrisburg; married, Susanna Mowry Fleming, 1842, children, Charles Mowry Fleming, Sarah Fleming Sharpe, David Fleming, George Richmond Fleming; died, January 14, 1890, Harrisburg, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania; interment, Harrisburg Cemetery, Harrisburg, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.

Early Career:

Clerk, contractor on the Baltimore and Port Deposit railroad, involved, shipping by sea shipments of pine timber, North Carolina, navy yard at Washington; Member, board, Lochiel Iron Company, Lochiel Rolling Mill Company; counsel, director, Harrisburg National Bank; incorporator, director, First National Bank; director, Inland and United States telegraph Companies; originator, first Harrisburg Gas Company; president, People's Gas and Gaseous Fuel Company of Harrisburg; founder, secretary, treasurer, director, Harrisburg City Passenger Railway Company; trustee, Home for the Friendless, member. board of trustees, Market Square Presbyterian Church, 1843-1890.

Pennsylvania Politics:

Elected, Chief Clerk, Pennsylvania House of Representatives, 1847-1848. 

Elected, District Attorney, Dauphin County, 1854-1856, declined a re-election. 

Elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 15th district, Dauphin and Lebanon Counties, 1864; served,  Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 16th district, Dauphin and Lebanon Counties, 1865-1866; chairman, Judiciary Committee, 1865; elected, Speaker in the closing session of his term; voted, adoption, Thirteenth Amendment, federal Civil Rights Bill of 1866, voted for an appropriations bill to support a Civil War state widows and orphans fund; rebuild Chambersburg, destroyed by Confederate Army during the Civil War.


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

Harrisburg Telegraph (Harrisburg, Pennsylvania) Tuesday, January 14, 1890. 

David Fleming (1812-1890) - Find a Grave Memorial