Member Biography

Abram D. Harlan 


Senator Harlan, 1873 Constitutional Convention Album, DeLorma Imbrie, PSA.

Sessions Office Position District Party
1885-1886       19 Republican
1887-1888       19 Republican
1889-1890       19 Republican
1891-1892       19 Republican

COUNTIES: Chester  


09/03/1833 - 06/11/1908

1st Lieutenant Abram Douglas “Abraham” Harlan (R19) Chester County 1883-1892

Early Life: 

1st Lieutenant Abram Douglas “Abraham” Harlan, born September 3, 1833, West Marlborough, Chester County, son of Ezekial and Elizabeth (Buller) Harlan; educated in public and private schools; merchant; real estate; 1st lieutenant Civil War (1862-1863); Elected Pennsylvania State Senate 1883-1892; married, Elizabeth Boyd Scott Harlan (m.1857–d.1883), Ellen Abigail Baldwin Harlan (m. 1885- d.1896) and Olive O. Wilcox Harlan (m. 1899) three children Walter Lourie Harlan 1858–1858, Justin Edward Harlan 1860–1935 and Wallace S. Harlan 1862–1924; died June 11, 1908 (aged 74) Gloucester County, New Jersey, interment Fairview Cemetery, Coatesville, Chester County, Pennsylvania. (i)

Early Career:

Enlisted, private, October 1862, 1st Lieutenant, regimental Quartermaster, 157th Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry; discharged February 27, 1863.

Served, transcribing clerk for state House of Representatives, 1864; massager clerk, of same body 1865, 1866 and 1867; delegate Chester County, Republican State Convention, 1872; assistant clerk, State Constitutional Convention, 1872- 1873; clerk, United States Internal Revenue Department, 1872-1874; assistant cashier, Customs, Port of Philadelphia 1874-1882 under Honorable A. P. Tutton and Major General John F. Hartranft; elected school director at Coatesville (20 yrs.).  

Pennsylvania Politics:

Pennsylvania State Senate, vacancy, (James B. Everhart) 1883; re-elected 1884 and 1888, resigned, June 29, 1891; member Finance, Insurance and Centennial Affairs Committees.  

Names of any service after Senate –year(s):

Marshal, United States Circuit Court of Appeals 3rd circuit.


Smull’s Legislative Hand Book, (1888) Cochran, T.B., Biographical Sketches of Senators, page 643 and 676-678.