William H Keyser
Born May 19, 1855, Spring Garden, Philadelphia, the son of Andrew J and Sarah Keyser, his father a ship-joiner at the Philadelphia Navy Yard. William attended public schools and the Wyoming Grammar School; At fifteen, he worked as a sales clerk at Leary’s Old Book Store, Philadelphia, 1870-79; later embarked on his own venture as William H. Keyser & Co., wholesale schoolbook dealers. A successful effort, William became a member of the Republican State Committee in 1888, remaining so for the better part of his career. He was a Twentieth Ward leader; chaired the Constitutional Convention delegate committee; in 1884, he was elected to the state House of Representatives, serving into his ninth term, when asked by the state Committee to run for the seat of Sen. Francis Osbourne decd., winning the special election on February 19, 1901, He then served three terms in the Senate before retiring. He championed the 1887 Sheriff’s Bill; a bill to allow foreign steamboat pilots to own property in Pennsylvania; and a measure granting right-of-way to street railroad engineers.