Member Biography

Samuel Freeman Headley 

Sessions Office Position District Party
1841       9 Democrat
1842       9 Democrat
1843       9 Democrat

COUNTIES: Schuylkill, Columbia  


10/20/1808 - 07/25/1859

Samuel Freeman Headley (D9) Columbia and Schuylkill Counties 1841-1843

Early Life:

Samuel Freeman Headley, born January 20, 1808, Litchfield, Otsego County, New York; son of Doctor Samuel and Anna Fairchild Headley; Union College, Schenectady, New York, 1831; read law, admitted,  to the county bars of Luzerne County, Columbia County, Northumberland County, bar; engaged, hotel, Berwick, Pennsylvania; engaged, iron forge, Shickshinny borough; elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1841-1843; married, Maria Josepha Boyd, 1832, daughter, Bessie Boyd Headley Bentley; died, July 25, 1859, Morristown, Morris County, New Jersey, Morristown, New Jersey, interment, Evergreen Cemetery, Morristown, Morris County, New Jersey

Early Career: 

Read law, office of Robert Copper Grier, Associate Justice, Supreme Court, United States, 1846-1870. 

Professional titles; business ownership; board memberships; local government; club memberships:

Methodist Episcopal.

Pennsylvania Politics:

Elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 9th district, Columbia and Schuylkill Counties, 1841-1843.


Descendent, Colonel John Bull, of Pennsylvania's 2nd Regiment, American Revolution. June 17, 1777, promoted, Adjutant General, Pennsylvania Militia, Pennsylvania Supreme Executive Council.

Wife, Maria Josepha Boyd, daughter of Captain John Boyd. Born in Chester County, Pennsylvania, February 22, 1750, became a resident of Northumberland in 1778. Among the civil positions with which he was honored, member of the Supreme Executive Council, register and recorder of Northumberland County, and inspector of internal revenue under President George Washington. 


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

Samuel Headley (1808-1859) - Find a Grave Memorial