Member Biography

Charles Alexander Black 


Greene County Historical Society Museum, digitally archived, Greene Connections Archives Project.

Sessions Office Position District Party
1843       18 Democrat
1844       22 Democrat
1845       22 Democrat
1846       22 Democrat
1847       22 Democrat
1848       22 Democrat

COUNTIES: Fayette, Greene  


02/06/1808 - 03/06/1889

Charles Alexander Black (D18) Fayette and Greene Counties 1843 (D22) Fayette and Greene Counties 1844-1848

Early Life:

Charles Alexander Black, born February 6, 1808, Greene County, Pennsylvania; son of Jacob and Margaret Grinstaff Black; grew up on family farm; attended school whenever circuit teachers were in the area; clerked in his brother’s store in Greensboro; read law; elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1843-1848; gubernatorial appointee, Secretary, Commonwealth and Superintendent of Public Instruction; delegate, Pennsylvania Constitutional Convention, 1872-1874; married, Maria Allison Black, children, Mary Allison Black Inghram, Albert S. Black; died, March 6, 1889 (aged 81) Waynesburg, Greene County, Pennsylvania; interment, Green Mount Cemetery, Waynesburg, Greene County, Pennsylvania. 

Pennsylvania Politics:

Elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 18th district, Fayette and Greene Counties 1843; Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 22nd district, Fayette and Greene Counties 1844-1848.

Gubernatorial appointee, Secretary, Commonwealth and Superintendent of Public Instruction, Governor William Bigler; wrote “Free School Law,”, corrected several deficiencies in the public school system and would create school districts, 1854.

Delegate, Pennsylvania Constitutional Convention, 1872-1874. 


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

Greene Artifacts: Charles Alexander Black - GreeneScene Magazine

Charles A. Black (1808-1889) - Find a Grave Memorial