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Daniel Sturgeon (October 27, 1789 – July 3, 1878) was an American physician, banker and Democratic party politician from Uniontown, Pennsylvania. He served in both houses of the state legislature and represented Pennsylvania in the United States Senate.

Daniel Sturgeon
United States Senator
from Pennsylvania
In office
January 14, 1840 – March 4, 1851
Preceded bySamuel McKean
Succeeded byRichard Brodhead
Treasurer of Pennsylvania
In office
GovernorJoseph Ritner
Preceded byJoseph Lawrence
Succeeded byAlmon H. Reed
Member of the Pennsylvania Senate
In office
Member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
Born(1789-10-27)October 27, 1789
Mount Pleasant Township, Pennsylvania, U.S.
DiedJuly 3, 1878(1878-07-03) (aged 88)
Uniontown, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Nancy Gregg Sturgeon
ProfessionPolitician, Banker, Physician


Daniel Sturgeon was born on October 27, 1789, in Mount Pleasant Township, present-day Adams County, Pennsylvania. He later moved with his parents to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1804. He attended Jefferson College in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, and Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia. Sturgeon practiced medicine in Uniontown, Pennsylvania, until being appointed county coroner in 1813. He served in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives from 1818 until 1824 and the Pennsylvania State Senate from 1825 until 1830, serving as President of that body for the final two years of his term until serving as Pennsylvania Auditor General from 1830 until 1836. Immediately prior to being elected to the U.S. Senate, Sturgeon served as Pennsylvania Treasurer from 1838 until 1839.

Sturgeon was elected by the state legislature to the United States Senate on January 14, 1840, to serve the term that commenced on March 4, 1839. He was re-elected to the U.S. Senate in 1845 and was not a candidate for re-election in 1851. His term expired in March 1851. While a U.S. Senator, Sturgeon served as chairman of the Committee on Patents and the Patent Office and the Committee on Agriculture.

Following his tenure in the U.S. Senate, Sturgeon was appointed treasurer of the United States Mint in Philadelphia by President Franklin Pierce, serving from 1853 until 1858. He died in Uniontown, Pennsylvania, on July 3, 1878 and was interred in Oak Grove Cemetery.

External linksEdit

  • United States Congress. "Daniel Sturgeon (id: S001046)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  • Daniel Sturgeon at Find a Grave
Political offices
Preceded by
Joseph Lawrence
Treasurer of Pennsylvania
Succeeded by
Almon H. Reed
U.S. Senate
Preceded by
Samuel McKean
U.S. Senator (Class 1) from Pennsylvania
January 14, 1840 – March 4, 1851
Served alongside: James Buchanan, Simon Cameron and James Cooper
Succeeded by
Richard Brodhead
Honorary titles
Preceded by
John Ruggles
Oldest living U.S. Senator
June 20, 1874 – July 3, 1878
Succeeded by
Joseph Cilley

  This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website