Member Biography

Chauncey Forward 

Sessions Office Position District Party
1824-1825       22 Democrat

COUNTIES: Bedford, Somerset  


02/04/1793 - 10/19/1839

Chauncey Forward (D22) Bedford and Somerset Counties 1824-1825

Early Life: 

Chauncey Forward, born February 4, 1793, Old Granby, Hartford County, Connecticut; son of Samuel and Susannah Holcomb Forward; moved, with his father, Ohio, 1800, relocated, Greensburg, Pennsylvania; pursued classical studies; studied law; admitted, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania bars, 1817; attorney; law practice, Somerset, Pennsylvania; married, Rebecca Blair Forward, 1818, children, Phoebe Jane Forward Kimmell, Rebecca Ann Forward Cuddy, Harriet H. Forward Ogle, Walter Forward, Chauncy Forward, Blair Forward; elected, Pennsylvania State House of Representatives, 1820-1822; elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1824-1825; elected, Jacksonian Republican, United States Representatives, Nineteenth Congress; reelected, United States Representatives, Twentieth, Twenty-first Congresses, 1826-1831; appointed prothonotary and recorder of Somerset County, 1831-1839; died, October 19, 1839, Somerset, Somerset County, Pennsylvania; interment, Ankeny Square Burial Ground, Somerset, Somerset County, Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania Politics: 

Elected, Pennsylvania State House of Representatives, 1820-1822.  

Elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate 22nd district, Bedford and Somerset Counties, 1824-1825.

Appointed, prothonotary and recorder, Somerset County, 1831-1839.

Continued Government Service/National Politics:

Elected, Jacksonian Republican, United States Representatives, Nineteenth Congress, vacancy, resignation, Alexander Thomson; reelected, Jacksonian Republican, Twentieth, Twenty-first Congresses, 1826-1831.

Pennsylvania State House of Representatives Biography:

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Brother, Walter Forward, United States House of Representatives, 17th-18th Congresses, 1822-1825; 15th United States Secretary of the Treasury, 1841-1843; United States Minister to Denmark, 1850-1851.  

Grandson, Chauncey Forward Black, elected, third, Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania, 1883-1887; unsuccessful candidate, Governor of Pennsylvania, 1886.


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

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Chauncey Forward (1793-1839) - Find a Grave Memorial

Congressional Biography

After 1 session(s) serving in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, Chauncey Forward  went on to serve in congress