Member Biography

Edmund Burnham Hardenbergh 

Sessions Office Position District Party
1895-1896       26 Republican
1897-1898       26 Republican
1899-1900       26 Republican
1901-1902       26 Republican

COUNTIES: Susquehanna, Wayne  


07/31/1846 - 04/05/1919

Edmund Burnham Hardenbergh (R26) Susquehanna and Wayne Counties 1895-1901

Early Life:

Edmund Burnham Hardenbergh born July 31, 1846, Wilsonville, Wayne County, Pennsylvania; son of George Harrrison and Harriett Barton Hardenbergh; public school education; Eastman's Business College, Poughkeepsie, New York; railroad conductor, Delaware division, brakeman, Erie Railroad, passenger conductor, New York, Lake Erie and Western Railroad; moved, Honesdale, Pennsylvania; married, Susan Kimble Pellett, 1869 (d. 1910), children, Clara Louise and Raymond Waite; elected, Republican, Pennsylvania House of Representatives, 1885-1888; chairman, Wayne County Republican Committee, 1891-1892; elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1895- resigned, 1901; delegate, Republican National Convention, 1896; elected, Republican, Auditor General of Pennsylvania, 1901-1904; delegate, Republican National Convention, 1904; married, Josephine Durland Whitney, 1916; president, Citizen Publishing Company, Honesdale, Pennsylvania, died, April 5, 1919 (aged 72), home, Honesdale, Wayne County, Pennsylvania; Interment, Walnut Grove Cemetery, Hawley, Wayne County, Pennsylvania.

Early Career:

President, National Bank of Honesdale; trustee, Fairview Hospital for the Insane; director, State Hospital of Scranton; president, Honesdale Consolidated Light, Heat and Power Company. 

Pennsylvania Politics:

Elected, Republican, Pennsylvania House of Representatives, 1885-1888. 

Chairman, Wayne County Republican Committee, 1891-1892. 

Elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1895- resigned, May 6, 1901; committee assignments, Appropriations, Compare Bills, Elections, Finance, Law and Order, Municipal Affairs, Public Health and Sanitation, Public Supply of Light, Heat and Water.

Delegate, Republican National Convention, Saint Louis, Missouri, 1896.

Elected, Republican, Auditor General of Pennsylvania, 1901-1904; activities were to review at the time of expense, Capitol Graft Scandal when several state officials and the architect were sent to prison. Suffered but little embarrassment. 

Delegate, Republican National Convention, 1904. 

Pennsylvania House of Representatives Biography:

Official Website - PA House Archives Official Website (


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

Cox, Harold. Senate1790-1869 ( Wilkes University Election Statistics Project. Wilkes University.

Smull’s Legislative Handbook, Cochran, (1900) T.B., (Editor) Miller, H.P. (Assistant Editor) Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, pages 1186, 1192-1194, Biographical Sketches of Senators, page 1160.

The Times-Tribune (Scranton, Pennsylvania) Saturday April 5, 1919, page 3

The Tribune (Scranton, Pennsylvania) Monday April 7, 1919, page 8.

Commemorative biographical record of northeastern Pennsylvania: including the counties of Susquehanna, Wayne, Pike and Monroe, containing biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens, and many of the early settled families. 

Edmund Burnham Hardenbergh (1846-1919) - Find a Grave Memorial