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Pennsylvania State Senate

George Ross



Session Position District Party
1887-1888 10 Democrat
1889-1890 10 Democrat
1891-1892 10 Democrat
1893-1894 10 Democrat
 Counties   Bucks


1841 -

Attorney-at-law, P.O. Doylestown, was born in Doylestown, August 24, 1841. Son of Hon. Thomas Ross, the distinguished pleader, who represented Bucks and Lehigh counties in congress in 1848, 1849, 1850, 1851, and a grandson of Hon. John Ross, late justice of the supreme court of Pennsylvania.  His mother was Elizabeth Pawling, a daughter of Levi Pawling, Esq., of Montgomery County, who was a distinguished lawyer, and at one time member of congress from that district. His great-grandfather, Thomas Ross, was a noted preacher of the Society of Friends.  He was of Scotch-Irish descent, his great-great-grandfather having been born in County Tyrone, Ireland, and his father in Scotland. After a thorough preparation in various first-class schools of Pennsylvania and New Jersey he entered the freshmen class half advanced, at Princeton College, New Jersey, in January, 1858, and graduated in 1861. He then read law with his brother, Hon. Henry P. Ross, and was admitted to the bar in the courts of Bucks County June 13, 1864. He was married December 28, 1870, to Ellen Lyman Phipps, daughter of George W. Phipps, of Northampton, Mass. After serving in various state and national conventions as a representative of the democratic party, he was elected October 8, 1872, a member of the constitutional convention, in which he had his influence felt. In 1884 he was the democratic nominee for congress in the seventh congressional district, composed of Bucks and Montgomery counties, but was defeated at the election, the district being largely republican. One of the trustees of the state hospital for the insane at Norristown, and also one of the board of directors of the Bucks County Trust company.  Without entirely eschewing politics, he confined himself closely to the practice of his profession, and well sustained the reputation of his family in the legal profession. In the fall of 1886 he was elected upon the democratic ticket for a term of four years to the senate. Mr. Ross was a gentleman of influence and prominence, and ranked high among the leading men of the County.