Member Biography

Glenni William Scofield 


Brady-Handy Collection, Lib. of Congress (edited from original)


Sessions Office Position District Party
1857       19 Republican
1858       19 Republican
1859       11 Republican
1860       11 Republican


03/11/1817 - 08/30/1891

Glenni William Scofield (R19) Mercer, Venango and Warren Counties 1857-1858 (R11) McKean, Potter, Tioga, and Warren Counties 1859 

Early Life:

Glenni William Scofield, born March 11, 1817, Dewittville, Chautauqua County, New York; son of Darius and Sallie Glenni Scofield; common school education; engaged printing trade, age 14-17; Hamilton College, Clinton, New York, 1840; engaged, teaching; studied law; admitted, bar, 1842; law practice, Warren, Pennsylvania, 1842-1846; married, Laura Margretta Tanner, children, Ellie G. Archibald Tanner, Mary M.; appointed, district attorney, Warren County, 1846-1848; elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State House of Representatives 1849-1851; resumed law practice, Warren 1851-1857; affiliated with the Republican Party, 1856; Elected, Republican State Senate, 1857-1859; appointed, president judge, eighteenth judicial district, Pennsylvania, 1861-1863; elected, Republican, United States House of Representatives, 1863-1875; resumed, law practice, Warren, 1875-1878; appointed, Register, Treasury, President Rutherford B. Hayes, 1878-1881; appointed, associate justice, President James A. Garfield, United States Court of Claims, 1881-1891; died, August 30, 1891, paralytic stroke, Warren, Warren County, Pennsylvania; interment, Oakland Cemetery, Oakland Cemetery, Pleasant Township, Warren County, Pennsylvania. 

Early Career: 

Attorney, law practice, Warren, Pennsylvania, 1842-1846, resumed law practice, Warren 1851-1857, resumed, law practice, Warren, 1875-1878.


Speeches of Glenni W. Scofield, with biographical sketch, by Scofield, Glenni W. (Glenni William), 1817-1891; Publication date 1892; Topics United States -- Politics and government -- 1849-1877; Publisher Philadelphia, Printed for private circulation by J. B. Lippincott company; Collection library of congress; americana, page 296 

Pennsylvania Politics:

Appointed, Governor Francis Rawn Shunk, district attorney, Warren County, 1846-1848.

Elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State House of Representatives, 1849-1851. 

Affiliated, Republican Party, 1856.  

Elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 19th district, Mercer, Venango and Warren Counties 1857-1858, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 11th district, 1859-1860. 

Appointed, president judge of the eighteenth judicial district of Pennsylvania, 1861-1863. 

Continued Government Service/National Politics:

Elected, Republican, Thirty-eighth, Thirty-ninth, Fortieth, Forty-first, Forty-second, Forty-third Congresses, 1863-1875; chairman, Committee on Revisal and Unfinished Business (Thirty-ninth Congress), Committee on Naval Affairs (Forty-first, Forty-second, and Forty-third Congresses); not a candidate for renomination in 1874. 

Appointed, Register, Treasury President Rutherford B. Hayes, 1878-1881. 

Appointed, Associate Justice, President James A. Garfield, United States Court of Claims, 1881-1891.

Pennsylvania House of Representatives Biography:

Official Website - PA House Archives Official Website ( 


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

Osterdahl, Andy. "The Strangest Names in American Political History"

The Strangest Names In American Political History : Glenni William Scofield (1817-1891) (

Glenni William Scofield (1817-1891) - Find a Grave Memorial

Congressional Biography

After 4 session(s) serving in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, Glenni William Scofield  went on to serve in congress