William Bigler

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William Bigler (January 1, 1814  August 9, 1880) was an American politician from Pennsylvania who served as a Democrat as the 12th governor of Pennsylvania from 1852 to 1855[1] and as a member of the United States Senate for Pennsylvania from 1856 to 1861. His older brother, John Bigler, was elected governor of California during the same period. As of 2022, he is the last Democratic incumbent to lose reelection as Governor of Pennsylvania.

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William Bigler
United States Senator
from Pennsylvania
In office
January 14, 1856  March 3, 1861
Preceded byJames Cooper
Succeeded byEdgar Cowan
12th Governor of Pennsylvania
In office
January 20, 1852  January 16, 1855
Preceded byWilliam F. Johnston
Succeeded byJames Pollock
Member of the Pennsylvania Senate
from the 20th district
In office
Preceded byWilliam Stewart
Succeeded byAugustus Drum
Personal details
Born(1814-01-01)January 1, 1814
Sherman Valley, Pennsylvania, US
DiedAugust 9, 1880(1880-08-09) (aged 66)
Clearfield, Pennsylvania, US
Political partyDemocratic
SpouseMaria Jane Reed (m. 1836–1880; his death)
ProfessionPolitician, Printer, Lumberman, Railroad President