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Pennsylvania State Senate

John Herman Dent



Session Year Position District Party
1937 39 Democrat
1939 39 Democrat
1941 39 Democrat
1943 39 Democrat
1945 39 Democrat
1947 39 Democrat
1949 39 Democrat
1951 39 Democrat
1953 39 Democrat
1955 39 Democrat
1957 39 Democrat
 Counties   Westmoreland


1908 - 1988

Senator Dent was born in Johnetta, Armstrong County, Pa., March 10, 1908, the son of Samuel and Genevieve Dent; educated in Armstrong and Westmoreland public schools; the Great Lakes Naval Aviation Academy and ICS (correspondence school); member of the local council of United Rubber Workers 1923-1937, served as president of Local 18759 and on the executive council; also member of the international council; Jeannette City Councilman, 1932-1934; served in the United States Marine Air Corps 1924-1928; member of the state House of Representatives 1934-1936; elected to the state Senate in 1936; reelected, serving 1940-1958; Democratic floor leader in state Senate 1939-1958; operated the Kelden Coal & Coke Co. of Hunkers, Pa., and the Building & Transportation Co. of Trafford and Jeannette, Pa.; elected to Congress, 1958, to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Augustine B. Kelley; reelected through 1979; was not a candidate for reelection in 1978.  He resided in Greensburg, Pa. and married the former Margaret Dent.  He died in Jeannette, Pa., on April 9, 1988.