Member Biography

Samuel Stevenson 

Sessions Office Position District Party
1838-1839       2 Democrat
1840       2 Democrat

COUNTIES: Philadelphia  


07/04/1805 - 04/10/1886

Samuel Stevenson (D2) Philadelphia County 1838-1840

Early Life:

Samuel Stevenson, born July 4, 1805, Amwell, Somerset County, New Jersey; son of Samuel Willett and Runyan Stevenson; moved, family, city of Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, 1810; married, Mary Ann Bradley Stevenson, 1827, children, Howard Augustine Stevenson, Walter Scott Stevenson, Addenda Stevenson, Edwin Samuel Stevenson, Emma Lavinia Stevenson, Horace Stevenson, Thomas B Stevenson; engaged, mercantile, shipping businesses; elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1838-1840; commissioner, District of Northern Liberties; elected, member, Common Council of Philadelphia, three times; died, April 10, 1886 (aged 80), Laurel Hill Cemetery, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania. 

Pennsylvania Politics:

Elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 2nd district, Philadelphia County, 1838-1840. The Senate was initially organized by the Whigs who recognized the disputed election of Whigs James Hanna and William Wagner. This was reversed following the end of the Buckshot War with the seating of Democrats Samuel Stevenson and Michael Snyder. The Whigs regained one seat when Democrat Thomas Bell (Chester) was replaced by Nathaniel Brooke, a Whig.

Commissioner, government, District of Northern Liberties, before its incorporation into the City of Philadelphia, 1854. 

Elected, member, Common Council of Philadelphia, three times. 


Founder, of what is known as the Beggars School, established in his own District of Northern Liberties, for the education of poor children, which was in fact the pioneer of the public school system of Philadelphia. one of the founders, First Presbyterian Church of Northern Liberties. 


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

Cox, Harold. Senate1790-1869 ( University Election Statistics ProjectWilkes University.

Samuel Stevenson (1805-1886) - Find a Grave Memorial