Samuel MACLAY, Congress, PA (1741-1811)

Senate Years of Service:
Democratic Republican

MACLAY, Samuel, (brother of William Maclay and father of William Plunkett Maclay), a Representative and a Senator from Pennsylvania; born in Lurgan Township, Franklin County, Pa., June 17, 1741; completed preparatory studies; engaged in agricultural pursuits and surveying; served in the Revolutionary War; member, lower house of the State legislature 1787-1791; associate judge of Franklin County 1792-1795; elected to the Fourth Congress (March 4, 1795-March 3, 1797); member, lower house of the State legislature 1797; member, State senate 1798-1802 and served as speaker 1801-1802; elected to the United States Senate as a Democratic Republican and served from March 4, 1803, until his resignation on January 4, 1809; retired and died in Buffalo Township, Union County, Pa., October 5, 1811; interment in Driesbach Church Cemetery.


American National Biography; Dictionary of American Biography; Aurand, A. Monroe, Jr. The Genealogy of Samuel Maclay, 1741-1811. Harrisburg, PA: Aurand Press, 1938; Maclay, Samuel. Journal of Samuel Maclay. Williamsport, PA: Gazette & Bulletin Printing House, 1887.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present