Member Biography

Uzal Hopkins 

Sessions Office Position District Party
1832-1833       10 Democrat
1833-1834       10 Democrat
1834-1835       10 Democrat
1835-1836       10 Democrat

COUNTIES: Luzerne, Columbia  


09/22/1781 - 09/18/1837

Uzal Hopkins (D10) Columbia and Luzerne Counties 1832-1836

Early Life:

Uzal Hopkins, born September 22, 1781, Northumberland County, (now Columbia County), Pennsylvania; son of Caleb and Ruth Hull Hopkins; engaged, lumber business; contractor, Lehigh Canal;  married, Rebecca Stewart, 1800, children, Malissa B. Martz , Elmira MacDaniel, Louis Hopkins and John W Hopkins; elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1832-1836; railroad-canal construction; died, September 18, 1837, (age 56) fever, Bayou Sara, West Feliciana Parish, Louisiana; interment, burial details unknown. 

Pennsylvania Politics:

Elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 10th District, Columbia and Luzerne Counties, 1832-1836.


Father, Reverend Caleb Hopkins Captain, New Jersey Militia, Revolution. D.A.R. #'s 2551, 7590, 8024, 51015, 12971.

Direct descendant of Stephen Hopkins of Mayflower and signer of the Mayflower Compact.

Formed a partnership with engineer-inventor Isaac McCord of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and four others, entering a railroad-canal construction contract to grade, lay rail, and construct a bridge for the West Feliciana Railroad Company in Bayou Sara, Louisiana. Moved to the job site, the group invested $500,000 in material, contracted malaria and passed away. 


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

Uzal Hopkins (1781-1837) - Find a Grave Memorial