Samuel McKean

Samuel McKean
United States Senator
from Pennsylvania
In office
March 4, 1833  March 4, 1839
Preceded by George M. Dallas
Succeeded by Daniel Sturgeon
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 9th district
In office
March 4, 1823  March 3, 1829
Preceded by Seat added
Succeeded by Philander Stephens
Member of the Pennsylvania Senate
In office
Member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
Born (1787-04-07)April 7, 1787
Kishacoquillas Valley, Pennsylvania
Died December 14, 1841(1841-12-14) (aged 54)
West Burlington Township, Pennsylvania
Political party Jacksonian

Samuel McKean (April 7, 1787  December 14, 1841) was an American merchant and politician from Burlington, Pennsylvania. He served in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives from 1815 to 1819.[1] He was in the Pennsylvania State Senate from 1829 to 1830.[2] He then represented Pennsylvania in both the U.S. House and Senate.


Samuel McKean was born on April 7, 1787, in Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania. He worked as a merchant in Burlington, Pennsylvania, before becoming a member of the Bradford County board of commissioners. McKean served in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives from 1815 until 1819 and was a major general in the Pennsylvania State Militia. He was elected to the United States House of Representatives in 1822 and was re-elected in 1824 and 1826, serving until March 1829. While in the U.S. House, he was a member of the Committee on Post Offices and Post Roads during the 20th Congress. He then returned to the state legislature, serving in the Pennsylvania Senate from 1829 until 1830.

A Democrat, McKean served as a presidential elector for the Jackson/Van Buren ticket during the 1832 election. He was elected by the state legislature to the United States Senate in 1833, where he served one term until March 1839. He was chairman of the Senate Committee to Audit and Control the Contingent Expenses from 1835 until 1839.

McKean died in Bradford County, Pennsylvania, on December 14, 1841, and was interred in the Old Church Cemetery in West Burlington Township. His nephew James B. McKean was a U.S. Representative from New York from 1859 until 1863.


United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
John Brown
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 9th congressional district


1823–1825 alongside: William Cox Ellis and George Kremer
1825–1829 alongside: George Kremer and Espy Van Horne

Succeeded by
James Ford
Alem Marr
Philander Stephens
United States Senate
Preceded by
George M. Dallas
U.S. Senator (Class 1) from Pennsylvania
Served alongside: William Wilkins, James Buchanan
Succeeded by
Daniel Sturgeon

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