James Xavier McLanahan, (D14) Adams, Cumberland, Franklin Counties 1842-1843 (D18) Adams and Franklin Counties 1844
James Xavier McLanahan, born May 17, 1809, Greencastle, Franklin County, Pennsylvania; son of William and Mary Gregg McLanahan; Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania, 1827; studied law; admitted to the bar, 1837; attorney, commenced law practice, Chambersburg, Pennsylvania; elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1842-1844; elected, Democrat, United States House of Representatives, 1849-1853; resumed law practice of law; married, Anne Mathilda McBride McLanahan; died, December 16, 1861 (aged 52), Borough of Manhattan, New York, New York County, New York; interment, Woodlawn Cemetery, Bronx, Bronx County, New York.
Studied law under George Chambers, United States Congressman, Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice.
Elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 14th district, Adams, Cumberland, Franklin Counties, 1842-1843.
Elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 18th district, Adams and Franklin Counties, 1844.
Continued Government Service/National Politics:
Elected, Democrat, United States House of Representatives, Thirty-first, Thirty-second Congresses 1849-1853); chairman, Committee on the Judiciary (Thirty-second Congress); not a candidate for renomination, 1852.
Grandfather, Andrew Gregg, United States House of Representatives, 1791-1807; United States Senate, President Pro Tempore, Senate, 11th Congress, 1807-1813; appointed, Pennsylvania Secretary of State, 1816; unsuccessful campaign, Governor of Pennsylvania, 1823.
Second cousin, Andrew Gregg Curtin, 15th Governor of Pennsylvania.
Second cousin, Andrew Gregg Curtin, III, 14th district, Centre, Lycoming, Sullivan, Clinton Counties, 1856-1858 12th district, Clinton, Lycoming, Centre, Union Counties 1859 12th district, Clinton, Lycoming Counties 1860-1861.