Member Biography

Benjamin Jordan 

Sessions Office Position District Party
1846       14 Whig
1847       14 Whig
1848       14 Whig


07/19/1779 - 10/29/1861

Benjamin Jordan (Whig14) Dauphin and Northumberland Counties, 1846-1848

Early Life:

Benjamin Jordan, born July 19, 1779, Milton, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania; son of Thomas and Rachel Steele Jordan; engaged, bookseller trade with William Dickson; editor, Lancaster Intelligencer, 1805-1808; married, Mary Crouch, 1811; appointed, weighmaster, Port of Philadelphia; elected, Whig, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1846-1848; died, May 24, 1861, Harrisburg, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania; interment, Paxton Presbyterian Churchyard, Harrisburg, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania Politics:

Appointed, weighmaster, Port of Philadelphia. 

Elected, Whig, Pennsylvania State Senate, 14th district, Dauphin and Northumberland Counties, 1846-1848.


Mother, Rachel Steele Jordan, sister, General John Francis Steele, Pennsylvania State Senate, 6th district, Lancaster County 1802-1806, Senate Speaker, 1805.

John Francis Steele  - Pennsylvania Senate Library (


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

The History of the Sesqui-Centennial of Paxtang Church, September 18, 1890 by Mathias Wilson McAlarney, Harrisburg Publishing Company. 1890, page 308.

Benjamin Jordan (1779-1861) - Find a Grave Memorial