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HICKMAN, John (1810-1875)

HICKMAN, JOHN, a Representative from Pennsylvania; born in West Bradford Township, Chester County, Pa., September 11, 1810; pursued English and classical studies under private tutors; began the study of medicine but abandoned it for the study of law; was admitted to the bar in 1833 and commenced practice in West Chester; delegate to the Democratic convention at Baltimore in 1844; district attorney for Chester County in 1845 and 1846; elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-fourth and Thirty-fifth Congresses, as an Anti-Lecompton Democrat to the Thirty-sixth Congress, and as a Republican to the Thirty-seventh Congress (March 4, 1855-March 3, 1863); chairman, Committee on Revolutionary Pensions (Thirty-fifth Congress), Committee on the Judiciary (Thirty-sixth and Thirty-seventh Congresses); declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1862; one of the managers appointed by the House of Representatives in 1862 to conduct the impeachment proceedings against West H. Humphreys, United States judge for the several districts of Tennessee; resumed the practice of law; member of the State house of representatives in 1869; died in West Chester, Pa., March 23, 1875; interment in Oaklands Cemetery, near West Chester, Pa.

Dartmouth College
Rauner Special Collections Library
Hanover, NH
Papers: 1860, 1 page.
A letter from John Hickman to A. N. Swain written on September 24, 1860. In the letter, John Hickman writes that Abraham Lincoln and A. G. Curtin are likely to carry Pennsylvania in the 1860 election, and also writes additional comments regarding Pennsylvania politics.


Haverford College
Special Collections, Magill Library
Haverford, PA
Papers: 1832, 10 pages.
An essay by John Hickman on the effects of novel reading delivered before the Literary Club written on February 29, 1832. The essay discusses moral issue, effects on the mind, and of reading novels.

  • Hickman, John. Democracy--the old and the new. [Washington: N.p., 1860].
  • ------. Political issues and presidential candidates. [Philadelphia?: N.p., 1860].
  • ------. Popular sovereignty--the will of the majority against the rule of a minority. Speech of Hon. J. Hickman ... In the House of Representatives, January 28, 1858. [Washington: Printed at the Congressional Globe Office, 1858].
  • ------. Southern sectionalism. [Washington: N.p., 1860].
  • ------. Who have violated compromises. Speech of Hon. John Hickman, of Pennsylvania. Delivered in the House of Representatives, December 12, 1859. Washington: Buell & Blanchard, printers, 1859.