Illus. and Bio: J. Simpson Africa, History of Huntingdon and Blair Co., 1883, 97.
Major Robert Bruce (R. Bruce) Petrikin (D21) Blair, Centre, Huntingdon, Juniata, Mifflin and Perry 1871-1872 (D22) Centre, Huntingdon, Juniata and Mifflin Counties 1873-1874
Major Robert Bruce (R. Bruce) Petrikin, born, September 12, 1826, Muncie, Lycoming County, Pennsylvania; son of William A. and Margaret Montgomery Petrikin; educated, Reverend Doctor Shedden Academy, McEwensville, Pennsylvania; Lafayette College, Easton, 1846; studied law under Andrew Porter Wilson, Huntingdon, 1847; Huntingdon bar, 1849; enlisted, Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, Major, Civil War, 1861: attorney; elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1871-1873; married, Mary Pohl, children, Robert Bruce Petrikin, Donald Petrikin, Harry William Petrikin (his law partner), Margaret M. Petriken Rhoads, Mary E. Petriken, Malcolm Petrikin; died, April 15, 1895, throat cancer, Medico-Chirurgical College and Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Riverview Cemetery, Huntingdon, Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania.
Enlisted, Fifth Infantry, elected Major, April 20, 1861, for three-month service. The 5th was deployed to guard Washington, encamped at Alexandria, Virginia. He served until the outset of 1st Manassas; returned to Harrisburg; and mustered out with the regiment on July 25, 1861.
Professional titles; business ownership; board memberships; local government; club memberships:
Member, Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States (MOLLUS), or simply as the Loyal Legion.
Delegate, Democratic National Convention, 17th district Pennsylvania, 1864.
Elected, Democrat Pennsylvania State Senate, 21st district, Blair, Centre, Huntingdon, Juniata, Mifflin and Perry Counties, 1871-1872; committee assignments, Compare Bills, Estates and Escheats, Judiciary General, Military Affairs, Public Printing.
Elected, Democrat Pennsylvania State Senate, 22nd district, Centre, Huntingdon, Juniata and Mifflin Counties, 1873-1874; committee assignments, Compare Bills, Estates and Escheats, Judiciary Local, Vice and Immorality.
Smull’s Legislative Handbook, (1871). Smull, J.A., (Editor) Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, pages 428, 430, 436-438.
Smull’s Legislative Handbook, (1873). Smull, J.A., (Editor) Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, pages 515, 517, 522-524.