BUCKALEW, Charles Rollin

BUCKALEW, Charles Rollin
Library of Congress


BUCKALEW, Charles Rollin, a Senator and a Representative from Pennsylvania; born in Fishing Creek Township, Columbia County, Pa., December 28, 1821; graduated from Harford Academy, Susquehanna County, Pa.; studied law; admitted to the bar in 1843 and commenced practice in Bloomsburg, Pa., in 1844; prosecuting attorney for Columbia County 1845-1847; member, State senate 1850-1853; commissioner to exchange ratifications of a treaty with Paraguay in 1854; chairman of the Democratic State committee in 1857; member, State senate 1857-1858; appointed one of the commissioners to revise the penal code of the State in 1857; Minister Resident to the Republic of Ecuador 1858-1861; elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate and served from March 4, 1863, to March 3, 1869; member, State senate 1869; unsuccessful candidate for Governor in 1872; delegate to the constitutional convention of 1873; elected as a Democrat to the Fiftieth and Fifty-first Congresses (March 4, 1887-March 3, 1891); resumed the practice of his profession in Bloomsburg, Columbia County, Pa., where he died on May 19, 1899; interment in Rosemont Cemetery.

View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

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External Research Collections

Dickinson College Library

Carlisle, PA
Papers: 1864, 1866. 2 letters.

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division

Washington, DC
Papers: 1839-1899. 1 container; ca. 300 items. Chiefly letters received relating to Pennsylvania and national politics, 9 letters by Buckalew, daybook (1844-1869), financial papers, and Mrs. Buckalew's diary (1859) during her stay in Ecuador while her husband was U.S. minister.

Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission

Harrisburg, PA
Papers: 4 letters (1859-1861, 1868) in various collections.

Wyoming Historical and Geological Society

Wilkes-Barre, PA
Papers: 1856-1875. Ca. 100 items. Legal and political papers relating to his law practice and activities as U.S. and state senator. Finding aid.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Buckalew, Charles Rollin. An Examination of the Constitution of Pennsylvania. Philadelphia: Kay Brother, 1883.

___. Proportional Representation. Edited by John Grosse Freeze. Philadelphia: John Campbell Son, 1872.

Hummel, William Willits. "Charles R. Buckalew: Democratic Statesman in a Republican Era." Ph.D. dissertation, University of Pittsburgh, 1963.

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