Cornelius Darragh

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Cornelius Darragh
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 21st congressional district
In office
March 26, 1844 – March 3, 1847
Preceded byWilliam Wilkins
Succeeded byMoses Hampton
25th Attorney General of Pennsylvania
In office
January 4, 1849 – April 28, 1851
GovernorWilliam F. Johnston
Preceded byJames Cooper
Succeeded byThomas E. Franklin
Member of the Pennsylvania Senate
In office
Personal details
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
DiedDecember 22, 1854
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Resting placeAllegheny Cemetery
Alma materWestern University of Pennsylvania

Cornelius Darragh (1809 – December 22, 1854) was a Pennsylvania lawyer and politician. He served as a state Senator, a U. S. District Attorney, a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, and state Attorney General.

Personal life and career[edit]

Cornelius Darragh was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the son of John Darragh, Jr. and Margaret "Peggy" Calhoun, one of six children. He attended the Western University of Pennsylvania, and graduated with the class of 1826, he studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1829 and commenced practice in Pittsburgh. In 1830, he married Mary Holmes Simpson, they had two daughters, Margaret Calhoun and Elizabeth Simpson.[1][2]

He was a member of the Pennsylvania State Senate from 1836 to 1839, he was United States district attorney for the western district of Pennsylvania from 1841 to 1844. Darragh was elected as a Whig to the Twenty-eighth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of William Wilkins, he was reelected to the Twenty-ninth Congress. He served as attorney general of Pennsylvania from January 4, 1849, to April 28, 1851.

Darragh died in Pittsburgh in 1854 and was interred in Allegheny Cemetery. Darragh Street, near the Upper Campus of the University of Pittsburgh, is named for him and/or his father.


  1. ^ B. Marvin (2001). Parents, collaterals & descendants of Isabella (Darragh) Liggett, 1759-1845, of Washington County, Pennsylvania.
  2. ^ B. Marvin (2001). Parents, collaterals & descendants of Isabella (Darragh) Liggett, 1759-1845, of Washington County, Pennsylvania.


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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
William Wilkins
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 21st congressional district

1844 - 1847
Succeeded by
Moses Hampton
Legal offices
Preceded by
James Cooper
Attorney General of Pennsylvania
Succeeded by
Thomas E. Franklin