Portrait by Jacob Eichholtz, c. 1830
|Pennsylvania State Senator|
1843 – 46, 1863 – 66
|Pennsylvania State Representative|
1825 – 26, 1828 – 29, 1863
|Attorney General of Pennsylvania|
December 18, 1846 – July 31, 1848
|Governor||Francis R. Shunk|
|Preceded by||John M. Read|
|Succeeded by||James Cooper|
|Born||January , 1800|
Bridgeton, New Jersey
|Died||August 9, 1871 (aged 71)|
|Alma mater||Princeton College|
|Occupation||Judge, lawyer, legislator|
Benjamin Champneys (January, 1800 – August 9, 1871) was a Pennsylvania lawyer and judge, who served terms in both houses of the state legislature and as state Attorney General.
Champneys was born in 1800, the son of Dr. Benjamin Champneys, a surgeon who served in the Navy, and Sarah Potter. The family lived in Bridgeton, New Jersey, and Champneys attended Princeton College for two years, but withdrew upon the death of his father in 1814. He studied law in Trenton and Lancaster, Pennsylvania, where he was admitted to the bar in 1818.
As a Democrat, he was twice elected to the state House in 1825 and 1828. He served as Deputy Attorney General for Lancaster County, 1830–33, and President Judge of the Second Judicial District from 1839–42. He resigned to run for state Senate, which he won, serving until 1845. He was appointed state Attorney General in 1846, serving until 1848.
With the onset of the Civil War, he switched parties. In 1863, he served again in the state House, then from 1864–66 he served in the state Senate.
He died in 1871, and was buried at Woodward Hill Cemetery.
- "(quoted link)". The Lancaster Journal. Dec 21, 1821.
Family details are in
- "(quoted link)". Reading Eagle. March 8, 1899. p. 3.
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- Johnston, Elizabeth Bryant (1892). Lineage Book: National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution. 2. Washington, DC.
- "Legal Miscellany: Benjamin Champneys". Lancaster Law Review. XXX (49): 390&ndash, 1. Oct 6, 1913.
- "Pennsylvania State Senate: Benjamin Champneys". Pennsylvania General Assembly. Retrieved 2015-05-14.
- "Index to Members of the House of Representatives - 1790-2004". The Wilkes University Election Statistics Project. Retrieved 2015-05-14.
- "Index to Members of the Senate - 1790-1869". The Wilkes University Election Statistics Project. Retrieved 2015-05-14.
John M. Read
Attorney General of Pennsylvania