William Dock Bigler (1814 - 1880)

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Birthplace: Perry, Pennsylvania, United States
Death: Died in Clearfield, Clearfield, Pennsylvania, United States
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About William Dock Bigler

Governor of Pennsylvania, U.S. Senator

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William Bigler (January 1, 1814 – August 9, 1880) was the 12th Governor of Pennsylvania from 1852 to 1855, and later a U.S. Senator for the Democratic Party.


Bigler was born in rural Pennsylvania and received little formal education; he studied informally under his elder brother John Bigler (later governor of California), publisher of the Centre County Democrat newspaper. Bigler founded his own political newspaper, the Clearfield Democrat, in 1833, and later became wealthy in the lumber business. In the 1840s he served in the Pennsylvania senate, and he defeated incumbent governor William F. Johnston for the governor's seat in 1851. Although Bigler opposed slavery in principle, he supported the federal government's Fugitive Slave Act and the pro-slavery Kansas-Nebraska Act. He was defeated for a second term by James Pollock, the candidate of the newly formed Republican Party. Following his term as governor, he served in the United States Senate from 1856 to 1861.


Bigler Hall on the University Park campus of Penn State is named after William Bigler, as is Bigler Street in Philadelphia.

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William Bigler, Governor, U.S. Senator's Timeline

1814
January 11, 1814
Perry, Pennsylvania, United States
1836
March 23, 1836
Age 22
CLEARFIELD, CLEARFIELD, PENNSYLVANIA
1880
August 9, 1880
Age 66
Clearfield, Clearfield, Pennsylvania, United States
August, 1880
Age 66
CEMETERY, HILL OVERLOOKING, BOROUGH OF, CLEARFIELD ?