Chauncey Forward Black

Chauncey Forward Black (November 24, 1839 – December 2, 1904) was the third Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania from 1883 to 1887. He was an unsuccessful candidate for Governor of Pennsylvania in 1886.

Chauncey F. Black
3rd Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania
In office
January 16, 1883 – January 12, 1887
GovernorRobert E. Pattison
Preceded byCharles W. Stone
Succeeded byWilliam T. Davies
Personal details
Chauncey Forward Black

(1839-11-24)November 24, 1839
York, Pennsylvania, U.S.
DiedDecember 2, 1904(1904-12-02) (aged 65)
York, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Resting placeProspect Hill Cemetery, York, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Spouse(s)Mary Clarke Dawson Black
Parent(s)Jeremiah Sullivan Black
Mary Forward Black


Born in Glades, Pennsylvania on November 24, 1839, he was the son of justice for the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, U.S. Attorney General and U.S. Secretary of State Jeremiah S. Black and Mary (Forward) Black, and the grandson of Representative Henry Black and Mary (Sullivan) Black. His maternal grandfather was Representative Chauncey Forward. He married Mary Clarke Dawson and they had four children.

Black was educated at Hiram College, where he met and developed a close personal friendship with future president James Garfield. He later attended Washington & Jefferson College. Black entered the field of journalism, where he wrote primarily for The New York Sun. Black was also an author best known for ghostwriting a biography of Abraham Lincoln for his bodyguard Ward Hill Lamon titled The Life of Abraham Lincoln; from his Birth to his Inauguration as President published in 1872.[1] Because of his reformist zeal, Black was chosen to run on the ticket of Robert E. Pattison in 1882. He served as Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania from 1883 to 1887.

Chauncey Forward Black died in York, Pennsylvania, on December 2, 1904, at the age of 65. He was buried in Prospect Hill Cemetery, York, Pennsylvania.


External linksEdit

  • The Political Graveyard
  • Ward Hill Lamon, Chauncey F. Black (1872). The Life of Abraham Lincoln. James R. Osgood and Company.
  • "CHAUNCEY F. BLACK DEAD.; Ex-Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania and a Well-Known Democrat". The New York Times. December 3, 1904. Retrieved 2008-08-06.
Party political offices
Preceded by Democratic nominee for Governor of Pennsylvania
Succeeded by
Robert E. Pattison
Political offices
Preceded by Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania
Succeeded by