CURTIN, Andrew Gregg, a Representative from Pennsylvania; born in Bellefonte, Pa., April
22, 1817; pursued preparatory studies in Milton (Pa.) Academy, and was
graduated from Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pa., in 1837; studied law; was
admitted to the bar in 1837 and commenced practice in Bellefonte; presidential
elector on the Whig ticket in 1848 and in 1852; secretary of the Commonwealth
of Pennsylvania and superintendent of public instruction; Governor of
Pennsylvania from January 15, 1861, to January 15, 1867; Minister to Russia
1869-1872; delegate to the constitutional convention of Pennsylvania; elected
as a Democrat to the Forty-seventh, Forty-eighth, and Forty-ninth Congresses
(March 4, 1881-March 3, 1887); chairman, Committee on Foreign Affairs
(Forty-eighth Congress), Committee on Banking and Currency (Forty-ninth
Congress); was not a candidate for renomination in 1886; resumed the practice
of his profession; died in Bellefonte, Centre County, Pa., on October 7, 1894;
interment in Union Cemetery.
BibliographyAlbright, Rebecca G. The Civil War Career of Andrew Gregg
Curtin, Governor of Pennsylvania.
Western Pennsylvania Historical Magazine 47 (October 1964):
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