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 County 1879-1882

Early Life: 

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; served, military aid Colonel, Governor James Pollock’s staff, 1858-1858; elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1879-1882; married Jane M. Strickler; (d1887), married, Florence Rebecca Bachman, six children, died, November 20, 1894 (aged 68) Columbia County, Pennsylvania, interment, Mount Bethel Cemetery Columbia, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. (i)

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.

Served, military aid, Colonel, Governor James Pollock’s staff, 1858-1858.

Elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 14th district, Lancaster County 1879-1882 member, Agriculture, Canal and Inland Navigation and Constitution Reform Committees.

Pennsylvania House of Representatives Biography:


One daughter, Clara Virginia Kauffman married Pennsylvania State Senator James Wilson Lee 48th district, Venango and Warren Counties 1879-1886; son, future Pennsylvania State Senator Christian Charles Kauffman, 12th district Lancaster County 1895-1896;


Smull’s Legislative Hand Book, (1879) Smull, J.A., Biographical Sketches of Senators, page 665, 670 and 710-712.