Member Biography

Evan Holben 


Portrait: Governors Photograph Album, 1878, RG 22, PSA; Bio: Smull’s Handbook, 1878, Senate of Pennsylvania.

Sessions Office Position District Party
1877       16 Democrat
1878       16 Democrat
1879-1880       16 Democrat
1881-1882       16 Democrat

COUNTIES: Lehigh  


11/26/1837 - 05/16/1918

Private Evan Holben (D16) Lehigh County 1877-1882 

Early Life: 

Private Evan Holben, born November 26, 1837, Pleasant Corner, Lynnville, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania; son of Jacob and Lydia Kocher Holben; attorney, admitted, prominent member, Lehigh County bar; private, Civil War, 1862-1863; elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1877-1882; author, 1902; married, Ida Elizabeth Wright; died, May 16, 1918, Allentown, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania, interment, Union-West End Cemetery, Allentown, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania. Grand Army of the Republic marker on grave. 

Early Career:

Enlisted, Company D, 176th Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, private, November 8, 1862- nine month service; mustered out with company, August 8, 1863.  


Stories and Reminiscences (Volume I) 1902

Pennsylvania Politics:

Elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 16th district, Lehigh County, 1877-1882; committee assignments, Judiciary Local and Pension and Gratuities. 


When born, Pleasant Corner, referred to as Holbensville, Lynnville, Lehigh County.

At the time of his passing, he was the oldest member of Lehigh County Bar Association; Reading Times (Reading, Pennsylvania) Friday May 17, 1918, Page 9.


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

Smull’s Legislative Handbook, (1881). Smull, W.P., (Editor) Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, pages 673, 680-682, Biographical Sketches of Senators, page 643.

Evan Holben (1837-1918) - Find a Grave Memorial