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Benjamin Champneys
Benjamin Champneys.jpg
Portrait by Jacob Eichholtz, c. 1830
Pennsylvania State Senator
In office
1843 – 46, 1863 – 66
Pennsylvania State Representative
In office
1825 – 26, 1828 – 29, 1863
Attorney General of Pennsylvania
In office
December 18, 1846 – July 31, 1848
Governor Francis R. Shunk
Preceded by John M. Read
Succeeded by James Cooper
Personal details
Born(1800-01-00)January , 1800
Bridgeton, New Jersey
DiedAugust 9, 1871(1871-08-09) (aged 71)
Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Spouse(s)Elizabeth Bachman
Alma mater Princeton College
Occupation Judge, lawyer, legislator

Benjamin Champneys (January, 1800 – August 9, 1871) was an American lawyer, politician and judge, who served as a Democratic member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, the Pennsylvania Senate and as Pennsylvania State Attorney General.

Early life and education

Champneys was born in Bridgeton, New Jersey to Dr. Benjamin Champneys, a surgeon who served in the Navy, and Sarah Potter. His ancestors moved from England to the Province of New Jersey along with John Fenwick, the grantee of the province. [1] The family lived in Bridgeton, New Jersey while Champneys attended Princeton College for two years, but moved upon the death of his father in 1814. He studied law in Trenton under Chief Justice Charles Ewing. He moved to Lancaster, Pennsylvania and completed his legal studies under Judge George Bryan Porter, the future Territorial Governor of Michigan. [2] He was admitted to the Lancaster County bar in 1818. [3]

Career

Champneys worked as Deputy District Attorney for Mayor's Court from 1824 to 1830. He was elected as a Democratic member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in 1825 and 1828. He was appointed Deputy Attorney General for Lancaster County by Governor David R. Porter and served from 1830 to 1833. He served as President Judge of the Second Judicial District in 1839. He was elected to the Pennsylvania Senate for the 6th district and served from 1843 to 1845. He was appointed state Attorney General by Governor Francis R. Shunk and served from 1846 to 1848.

With the onset of the Civil War, he switched parties. In 1863, he served again in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for Lancaster County. He served again in the Pennsylvania Senate for the 16th district from 1864 to 1865 and for the 17th district from 1865 to 1866.

He died in Lancaster, Pennsylvania and is interred at the Woodward Hill Cemetery in Lancaster. [4]

Personal life

Champneys married Elizabeth Bachman in 1821. [5] A daughter, Elizabeth, would marry a same-named great-grandson of William Augustus Atlee.

References

  1. ^ Biographical Annals of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, Volume 1. Spartanburg, South Carolina: The Reprint Company, Publishers. 1985. p. 18. ISBN  0-87152-411-2. Retrieved 20 February 2019.
  2. ^ Eddleman, Carol. "Champneys, Benjamin, Judge". www.pa-roots.org. Retrieved 20 February 2019.
  3. ^ "Pennsylvania State Senate - Benjamin Champneys Biography". www.legis.state.pa.us. Retrieved 20 February 2019.
  4. ^ "Judge Benjamin Champneys, Sr". www.findagrave.com. Retrieved 20 February 2019.
  5. ^ "(quoted link)". The Lancaster Journal. Dec 21, 1821.

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Preceded by
John M. Read
Attorney General of Pennsylvania
1846–1848
Succeeded by
James Cooper
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Preceded by
Member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for Lancaster County
1825-1826
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for Lancaster County
1828-1829
Succeeded by
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Member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for Lancaster County
1863
Succeeded by
Pennsylvania State Senate
Preceded by
William Hiester
Member of the Pennsylvania Senate, 6th district
1843-1846
Succeeded by
Josiah Rich
Preceded by
Member of the Pennsylvania Senate, 16th district
1863-1866
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