CALVIN, Samuel (1811-1890)

CALVIN, SAMUEL, a Representative from Pennsylvania; born in Washingtonville, Pa., July 30, 1811; attended the common schools and Milton Academy; taught in Huntingdon Academy; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1836 and commenced practice in Hollidaysburg, Pa.; elected as a Whig to the Thirty-first Congress (March 4, 1849-March 3, 1851); declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1850; resumed the practice of law; director of the Hollidaysburg School Board for thirty years; member of the State revenue board; member of the State constitutional convention in 1873; died in Hollidaysburg, Blair County, Pa., on March 12, 1890; interment in Presbyterian Cemetery.

Duke University Library
Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library
Durham, NC
Papers: ca. 1792-1929, approximately 2,761 items.
Personal, legal, and business correspondence, legal papers, reports, notices, and other material. The political material relates to Blair Co. and Pennsylvania Whig politics, to Samuel Calvin's service as U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania (1849-1851), patronage, service to constituents, and national problems and issues. The legal papers largely concern collection of clients' debts. Business records and papers relate to a mining concern in Colorado, industrial firms in Pennsylvania; canal, railroad, and road transportation; westward expansion in Iowa and elsewhere, and the price of land in the West.


Historical Society of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA
Papers: ca. 1837-1870, approximately 300 items.
The papers of Samuel Calvin include incoming correspondence and miscellaneous bills and receipts. The letters pertain to his law practice, Republican politics, and family matters. Among correspondents are Andrew Gregg Curtin and William F. Johnston.


Illinois Historical Society
Springfield, IL
Papers: 1861, 1 item.
A letter from Samuel Calvin to Abraham Lincoln written in February 1861. In the letter, Samuel Calvin recommends Lloyd Jones of Harristown, Pennsylvania, for marshal of the eastern district of the state. The letter is also signed by John Penn Jones.


Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission
Harrisburg, PA
Papers: 1850-1856, 136 items.
The papers contain political correspondence mainly consisting of letters to Samuel Calvin from congressional constituents on matters such as the location of post offices and the appointment of postmasters. Business correspondence consists mainly of letters to Samuel Calvin and relates to land sales and legal actions involving land. A finding aid is available in the repository and online.

  • Calvin, Samuel. Letter of Samuel Calvin to Hon. Henry C. Carey, on the defects of our financial and monetary system and the appropriate remedies. [Hollidaysburg, Pa.: N.p., 1874].
  • ------. Speech of Hon. Sam'l Calvin, of Penn., on the reference of the President's message, and the correspondence of Sir Henry Lytton Bulwer accompanying the same, on the subjects of the tariff of 1846, delivered in the House of Representatives of the U. S., May 15, 1850. [Washington]: Gideon & Co., print., [1850].