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Christian Markle Straub

  • Birth 1804 Milton, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Death 7 Jun 1860 Washington, District of Columbia, District Of Columbia, USA
  • Burial Pottsville, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Memorial ID 25646018

US Congressman. He worked as a teacher, surveyor and merchant, studied law, and was admitted to the bar. Straub was also an original shareholder in Williamsport's West Branch Bank and several Pennsylvania railroads, including the Sunbury and Erie, and Pittsburg and Susquehanna, the Harrisburg and Sunbury, He served in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in 1842. In the same year he was elected Schuylkill County Prothonotary and served until 1849, when he was elected county Sheriff. Straub served as Sheriff until 1852, when he was elected to the US House of Representatives as a Democrat and served one term, 1853 to 1855. While in Congress Straub took a role in the debate over slavery as an advocate of Popular Sovereignty. He did not run for reelection in 1854 and returned to Pottsville. He returned to politics as a member of the Pennsylvania Senate, where he served from 1856 to 1858. In October 1856 he made national headlines when he was beaten and injured while attempting to restore order when Republicans attempted to disrupt a local Democratic party meeting.

Bio by: Bill McKern


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  • Originally Created by: Bill McKern
  • Added: 30 Mar 2008
  • Find A Grave Memorial 25646018
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Christian Markle Straub (1804–7 Jun 1860), Find A Grave Memorial no. 25646018, citing Charles Baber Cemetery, Pottsville, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .