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Pennsylvania State Senate

Henry Wolf Gray



Session Position District Party
1871 4 Republican
 Counties   Philadelphia


1830 - 1907

Henry Gray was born on June 3, 1830, Ephrata, Lancaster County, the son of Justus Gray.  He was educated in York; left school to work with John F. Steinman piano manufacturer; pursued the mining business; married the daughter of Schomacher, the famous Philadelphia piano manufacturer, 1857; promoted to manager of the business; in 1864 became Schomacher Piano Forte Manufacturers Co.  In politics, Gray was a member of Curtin-McClure faction of the Republican Party; a personal friend of Gov. Geary; an aide to the governor’s staff during the Civil War; achieved rank of Col.; member of the Philadelphia Select Council, 1864; defeated by AW Henszey for a Senate seat; filled the vacancy left by the deceased George Connell; was one of the first members of the Union League; and died on February 23, 1907, Germantown, age 76.