Member Biography

Christian Shuman Kauffman 

Sessions Office Position District Party
1879-1880       14 Republican
1881-1882       14 Republican

COUNTIES: Lancaster  


06/22/1826 - 11/20/1894

Colonel Christian Shuman Kauffman (R14) Lancaster (Part) County 1879-1882

Early Life: 

Colonel Christian Shuman Kauffman born June 22, 1826, Manor Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania; son of Andrew Isaac Kauffman and Catherine Shuman; educated, public schools; merchant and iron manufacturer; elected, Union Party, Pennsylvania, House of Representatives, 1857; military aide, Colonel, Governor James Pollock’s staff, 1858-1858; elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1879-1882; married, Jane M. Strickler; (d.1887), married, Florence Rebecca Bachman, children, Christian Charles Kauffman, Hugh McGlung Kauffman, Oliver Allen Kauffman, Catharine Elizabeth Kauffman, Clara Virginia Kauffman Lee; died, November 20, 1894 (aged 68) Columbia County, Pennsylvania, interment, Mount Bethel Cemetery Columbia, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. 

Professional titles; business ownership; board memberships; local government; club memberships:

Member, organizer and first master, Masonic lodge at Columbia.

Pennsylvania Politics:

Elected, Union Party, Pennsylvania, House of Representatives, 1857. 

Military aide, Colonel, Governor James Pollock’s staff, 1858-1858. 

Elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 14th district, Lancaster (Part) County, 1879-1882; committee assignments, Agriculture, Canal and Inland Navigation, Constitution Reform.

Pennsylvania House of Representatives Biography:

Official Website - PA House Archives Official Website (


Daughter, Clara Virginia Kauffman married, James Wilson Lee, Pennsylvania State Senate 48th district, Venango and Warren Counties, 1879-1886. 

James Wilson Lee  - Pennsylvania Senate Library (

Son, Christian Charles Kauffman, Pennsylvania State Senate, 12th district, Lancaster County, 1895-1898.

Christian Charles Kauffman  - Pennsylvania Senate Library (


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

Smull’s Legislative Handbook, (1879). Smull, J.A., (Editor) Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, pages 704, 710-712, Biographical Sketches of Senators, page 665.

Christian Shuman Kauffman (1826-1894) - Find a Grave Memorial