BARNITZ, Charles Augustus (1780-1850)

BARNITZ, CHARLES AUGUSTUS, a Representative from Pennsylvania; born in York, York County, Pa., September 11, 1780; attended York County Academy, York, Pa.; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1811 and commenced practice in York; member of the State senate, 1815-1819; from 1820 until his death 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; elected as an Anti-Masonic candidate to the Twenty-third Congress (March 4, 1833-March 3, 1835); was not a candidate for reelection in 1834 to the Twenty-fourth Congress; resumed the practice of law at York, Pa.; also engaged in banking and served as president of the York Bank; member of the State constitutional convention in 1838; delegate to the Whig National Conventions at Harrisburg in 1840 and at Baltimore in 1844; died in York, Pa., January 8, 1850; interment in the First Presbyterian Churchyard.

York County Heritage Trust/Historical Society of York County
York, PA
Papers: ca. 1826, 2 boxes.
The papers of Charles Augustus Barnitz contain legal papers, chiefly relating to his activities as attorney for the heirs of William Penn, president of York Bank, and local politics. A finding aid is available in the repository.


University of Pennsylvania
Van Pelt Library, Department of Special Collections
Philadelphia, PA
Papers: 1800, 1 item (1 leaf).
A letter from Charles A. Barnitz to the Philadelphia Society for Promoting Agriculture.