Member Biography

Chambers McKibben Sr.

Sessions Office Position District Party
1875       33 Democrat
1876       33 Democrat

COUNTIES: Franklin, Huntingdon  


09/05/1798 - 02/26/1891

Judge Chambers McKibben, Sr. (D33) Franklin and Huntingdon Counties 1875-1876

Early Life:

Judge Chambers McKibben, Sr., born September 5, 1798, Newville, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania; son of Jeremiah and Mary Chambers McKibben; hotel-keeper; United States, Postmaster, Pittsburgh, 1845-1850; assistant treasurer, United States Mint; elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senator, 1875-1876; married, Jane Bell, 1820, children, Jeremiah McKibben, William Campbell McKibbin, Joseph Chambers McKibben, Rebecca Chambers McKibben, David Bell McKibben, Andrew Pierce McKibben, Robert Peebles McKibben, Mary McKibben, Chambers McKibben, Keziah Catherine McKibbin; died, February 26, 1891 (aged 92), Hotel McKinley,  Chambersburg, Franklin County, Pennsylvania; interment, Cedar Grove Cemetery, Chambersburg, Franklin County, Pennsylvania.

Early Career:

Hotel-keeper, Merchant Hotel, head of the old-time famous Girard House, Philadelphia; United States, Postmaster, Pittsburgh, 1845-1850; proprietor, Exchange Hotel, Pittsburgh,1848

Pennsylvania Politics:

United States, Postmaster, Pittsburgh, 1845-1850. 

Elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senator, 33rd district, Franklin and Huntingdon Counties, 1875-1876; committee assignments, Compare Bills.


Pennsylvania Borough of Chambersburg, founded by an ancestor of his.

Judge McKibbin is so old that he knew when this century was born, and in his 90 years of life has witnessed or participated in five different wars that have been waged under the Stars and Stripes.

Researched, plus obituaries could not find any history of why is called a judge, colonel. 

Son, Joseph Chambers McKibbin, California State Senate, 1852-1853; elected, Democrat, 35th Congress, United States House of Representatives, 1857-1859, lost election, 1858; Civil War, one of the first six Cavalry officers appointed by President Abraham Lincoln; served as a colonel and aide-de-camp on the staffs of Major General Henry W. Halleck and Major General George H. Thomas, distinguished himself by his superb coolness in times of action. Buried, Arlington National Cemetery.

Son, General David Bell McKibbin, appointed, Regular Army, 1861, commanded, 14th United States Infantry, second battle of Bull Run. 


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

People's Register (Chambersburg, Pennsylvania) Friday, February 27, 1891, page 3.

Altoona Tribune (Altoona, Pennsylvania) Friday, February 27, 1891, page 1.

Chambers McKibbin (1798-1891) - Find a Grave Memorial