Member Biography

Chauncey Forward 

Sessions Office Position District Party
1823-1824       22 Republican
1825-1826       22 Republican

COUNTIES: Bedford, Somerset  


02/04/1793 - 10/19/1839

Chauncey Forward (Jacksonian Republican22) Bedford, Somerset 1823-1826

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, bar, 1817; 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, Jacksonian Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate,Bedford, Somerset 1823-1826; 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 in 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, Jacksonian Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate 22nd district, Bedford, Somerset 1823-1826.

Elected, Jacksonian Republican, United States Representatives, Nineteenth Congress, vacancy, resignation of Alexander Thomson. Reelected, Jacksonian Republican, Twentieth, and Twenty-first Congresses, served from December 4, 1826, to March 3, 1831.

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


Brother, Walter Forward, United States Representative 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, third, Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania, 1883-1887; unsuccessful candidate, Governor of Pennsylvania, 1886.


Congressional Biography

After 2 session(s) serving in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, Chauncey Forward  went on to serve in congress