COCHRAN, William
Back Up Next

COCHRAN, WILLIAM, was born in what is now Middle Paxton township, Dauphin county, Pa., in 1780. He received a good English education, and was brought up on his father's farm. In 1814 he served as a volunteer and marched to the defense of Baltimore. He served as coroner of the county from 1818 to 1821; member of the House of Representatives from 1820 to 1824; county commissioner from 1830 to 1833, and sheriff from 1837 to 1839. He died at Harrisburg on Sunday, 26th of April, 1840, aged sixty years, and was interred in the family burying ground in Middle Paxtang. The Intelligencer pays this tribute to his memory: "Mr. Cochran was a highly respected citizen, a popular officer, and a kind and hospitable neighbor."