John Irving Whalley
PA Manual, 1959-60; Congressional biography
Born in Barnesboro, Cambria County, Pa., September 14, 1902, the son of James H. and Isabella Whalley; attended the public schools and Cambria Rowe Business College; pursued the automobile, banking, and coal businesses; member of advisory board of Johnstown College, University of Pittsburgh; moved to Somerset; chaired the Somerset County Redevelopment Authority and Windber Planning Commission; member of the Windber School Board, 1935-1947; member of the state House of Representatives, 1951-1955; and served in the state Senate, 1955-1960. Whalley was appointed by President Nixon to serve as delegate to United Nations for the 1969 session; elected as a Republican to Congress (special election) to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Representative Douglas H. Elliott, and was reelected to the four succeeding Congresses (November 8, 1960-January 3, 1973). He was not a candidate for reelection in 1972. The Senator died March 8, 1980, at Pompano Beach, Fla.; interment in Grandview Cemetery, Johnstown, Pa.