Member Biography

Charles Henderson Stinson 


Stinson: Prominent and Progressive Pennsylvanians of the 19th   Century, vol 3.


Sessions Office Position District Party
1867       5 Republican
1868       5 Republican
1869     Speaker 5 Republican
1870     Speaker 5 Republican


06/28/1825 - 03/13/1899

Private Charles Henderson Stinson (R5) Chester, Delaware, Montgomery Counties, 1867-1870

Early Life: 

Private Charles Henderson Stinson, born June 28, 1825, Norriton Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania; son of Robert M. and Elizabeth Porter Stinson, local schools education; John McNair’s Select School, Abbington, 1840; Dickinson College honors, 1845; understudy, George Stinson (brother) law practice, 1847-1848; admitted, Montgomery County, bar, 1849, established, private law practice, Montgomery County, 1849; married, Emily Freedly, 1855; son, C. (Charles) Henry Stinson; enlisted, private, Civil War, Montgomery Volunteers, 1863; organized, solicitor, First National Bank of Norristown, 1864; resumed, legal practice, Montgomery County,1865; elected, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1867-1870, elected, Pennsylvania State Senate Speaker, 1869-1870; appointed, president judge, Montgomery County Court, 1882; appointed, trustee, Hospital for the Insane, Southeastern District of Pennsylvania; elected, president, Hospital for the Insane, Southeastern District of Pennsylvania; died, March 10, 1899 (aged 73) Norristown, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania; interment, Montgomery Cemetery, West Norriton Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania

Early Career:

Enlisted, private, Civil War, emergency company, Montgomery Volunteers, mustered in June 10, 1863, mustered out August 10, 1863, Gettysburg campaign.

Organized, First National Bank of Norristown (1864) Counsel, Pennsylvania Railroad, Southeastern Pennsylvania region.

Pennsylvania Politics:

Elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 5th district, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery Counties, 1867-1870, elected, Pennsylvania State Senate Speaker, 1869-1870; committee assignment, 1868: Accounts (Chairman) Canals and Inland Navigation Judiciary Local; Estates and Escheats (Chairman, 1869), served second chair on Judiciary (1869) under Chairman Harry White.

Appointment, Governor Henry Martyn Hoyt, Sr., president judge, Thirty-eighth Judicial District, Judge Henry Ross, vacancy, death, 1882.


His sister, Doctor Mary H. Stinson, one of nation’s first women physicians; founder, Stinson Home for Aged Women, Norristown, Pennsylvania.


Smull, J.A., (1868) A Manual for the Government of the Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg, pages 274 and 280-282.