Charles Augustus Barnitz

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Charles Augustus Barnitz (September 11, 1780 – January 8, 1850) was an American politician who served as an Anti-Masonic member of the U.S. House of Representatives for Pennsylvania's 11th congressional district from 1833 to 1835.

Charles Augustus Barnitz
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 11th district
In office
March 4, 1833 – March 3, 1835
Preceded byThomas Hartley Crawford, Robert McCoy
Succeeded byHenry Logan
Member of the Pennsylvania Senate for the 11th district
In office
Preceded byJames McSherry
Succeeded byFrederick Eichelberger
Personal details
Born(1780-09-11)September 11, 1780
Williams Township, Pennsylvania
DiedJanuary 8, 1850(1850-01-08) (aged 69)
Political partyAnti-Masonic

Early life and educationEdit

Barnitz was born in York, Pennsylvania to Jacob (of German descent) and Mary McClean Barnitz.[1] He received his education at the York Academy. He studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1811 and commenced practice in York.


He was a member of the Pennsylvania State Senate for the 11th district from 1815 to 1819.[2]

From 1820 until his death he served as agent of the heirs of William Penn for their interests in Springettsbury Manor, the center of which is now the city of York.[3]

Barnitz was elected as an Anti-Masonic candidate to the Twenty-third Congress. He was not a candidate for reelection in 1834 to the Twenty-fourth Congress. He resumed the practice of law at York and was also engaged in banking and served as president of the York Bank. He was member of the State constitutional convention in 1838 and a delegate to the Whig National Conventions at Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, in 1840 and at Baltimore, Maryland, in 1844. He died in York in 1850. Interment in the First Presbyterian Churchyard.


  1. ^ [1]"A family genealogy reports that John George Carl Barnitz was the son of John Leonard Barnitz. John George Carl Barnitz born at Falkenstein, Germany on August 14, 1722, as stated in his will, dated October 12, 1796, probated January 4, 1797 (York County Will 1-J-235). However, the will of Charles Barnitz, with the dates noted, was recorded, but the recorded version makes no mention of the birthplace of Charles. Ensign Jacob Barnitz, who was twice wounded at the battle of Fort Washington, was born at York in the year 1758. He was the son of John George Carl Barnitz, who came to this country about 1745. first settled in Baltimore and later removed to York."
  2. ^ Cox, Harold. "Senate Members B". Wilkes University Election Statistics Project. Wilkes University.
  3. ^ "Pennsylvania State Senate - Charles A Barnitz Biography". Retrieved 28 March 2019.


Pennsylvania State Senate
Preceded by Member of the Pennsylvania Senate, 11th district
Succeeded by
Frederick Eichelberger
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 11th congressional district

Succeeded by