Member Biography

Samuel C. Wagner 


From History of the Third Pennsylvania Cavalry 1905

Sessions Office Position District Party
1883-1884       32 Democrat
1885-1886       32 Democrat

COUNTIES: Adams, Cumberland  


08/08/1843 - 03/12/1918

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Captain Samuel C. Wagner Cumberland, 1883-1886 (D32) Adams and Cumberland Counties 

Early Life: 

Captain Samuel C. Wagner, born August 9, 1843, Newville, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania; son of John M. and Jane Wagner (spelled Waggoner, 1860 census), common school education; Big Spring Academy; apprenticed, blacksmith, tanner; captain, Civil War, 1861-1864; married, Laura Ege Wagner, 1866, children Charles W. Wagner, Jane Spencer Kennedy, Annie Louisa Claudy, Sarah Given Conner, George Baker Wagner, Walter Emmett Wagner, Samuel C. Wagner, Jr., Thomas H. Wagner; engaged, banking, 1865-1868; engaged, grain, coal lumber, businesses, 1868-1918; elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1883-1886; died, March 12, 1918 (age 74) in his son Charles's home, chronic interstitial nephritis of unknown duration, Wynnewood, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania; interment, Big Spring Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Newville, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania.

Early Career: 

Enlisted, Newville, 19, three-year service, August 17, 1861, Company H, 60th regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, 3rd Cavalry, federal service, Washington DC, private, Company H, 3rd Pennsylvania Cavalry (60th Pennsylvania); promoted, commissary sergeant November 25, 1862, commissioned, 2nd  lieutenant, commissary of subsistence, May 1, 1863, saw action at Yorktown, Williamsburg, Chickahominy, Malvern Hill, White Oak Swamp, Richmond, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Antietam, Brandy Station, Aldie, Middleburg, Upperville, Haymarket, Gettysburg, Mine Run, Wilderness, Spotsylvania Court House, Cold Harbor, Hatcher’s Run, Petersburg, Charles City Crossroads, and Cumberland Valley (Tennessee) mustered out, Captain, August 24, 1864. Served with his neighbor, Captain and Pennsylvania State Senator William E. Miller.  

William Edward Miller  - Pennsylvania Senate Library (

Banking business, First National Bank of Newville, 1865- 1868; from 1868 through the remainder of his life, ran a successful grain, coal, and lumber business.  

Pennsylvania Politics:

Elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 32nd district, Adams and Cumberland Counties 1883-1886; committee assignments, Agriculture, Federal Relations, Finance, Legislative Apportionment and Public Buildings. 


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

Smull’s Legislative Handbook, (1885). Smull, W.P., (Editor) Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, pages 844, 849-851, Biographical Sketches of Senators, page 814.

Samuel C. Wagner (1843 - 1918) - Genealogy (

Virtue, Liberty, Independence Pennsylvania's State Senators in the Civil War; 1861-1865 pg. 41 

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Samuel C. Wagner (1843-1918) - Find a Grave Memorial