Member Biography

Hugh Jones Brooke 

Sessions Office Position District Party
1849       4 Whig
1851       4 Whig
1870       5 Republican
1871       5 Whig
1872       5 Republican
1873       5 Republican

COUNTIES: Chester, Delaware  


12/27/1805 - 12/19/1876

Captain Hugh Jones Brooke (W4) Chester and Delaware Counties 1849-1851 (R5) Chester and Delaware Counties 1870-1872

Early Life: 

Hugh Jones Brooke, born December 27, 1805, Radnor Township, Delaware County, Pennsylvania; son of Nathan and Mary Brooke; captain, United States Volunteers Commissary Department, Washington, D.C., Civil War, 1861-1863; elected, delegate, National Anti-Masonic Convention, 1835; farmer; elected, Whig, Pennsylvania House of Representatives, 1843-1844; elected, Whig, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1849-1851; elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1870-1872; director, Bank of Media; vice president, Pennsylvania Training School for Feeble Minded Children; director, Delaware Mutual Insurance Company; married, Jemima Elizabeth Longmire Brooke, three children, all died before their six birthdays; died, December 19, 1876 (aged 70), Media, Delaware County, Pennsylvania; interment, Old Saint David Church Cemetery, Wayne, Delaware County, Pennsylvania.

Early Career:

Captain, United States Volunteers Commissary Department, Washington, D.C., Civil War, 1861-1863.

Pennsylvania Politics:

Elected, delegate, National Anti-Masonic Convention, 1835. 

Elected, Whig, Pennsylvania House of Representatives, 1843-1844. 

Elected, Pennsylvania State Senate, 4th district, Chester and Delaware Counties, 1849-1851. 

Elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate 5th district, Chester and Delaware Counties 1870-1872; committee assignments, Agriculture, Constitutional Reform, Finance.

Pennsylvania House of Representatives Biography: 

Official Website - PA House Archives Official Website ( 


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

Smull’s Legislative Handbook, (1872). Smull, J.A., (Editor) Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, pages 502, 506-508.

The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) Wednesday December 20, 1876, Page 2.

Hugh Jones Brooke (1805-1876) - Find a Grave Memorial