Senator William Maghee (aka Magee) was born in 1764, although his parentage and birthplace are unknown. He lived near today’s Holmesburg, a saw-miller, lumber yard owner, and co-owner of the Washington Tavern (aka Washington Inn) of Lower Dublin Twp., Philadelphia County. His mill and tavern had been the property of his father-in-law, John Holme, for whom Holmesburg was named; the businesses fronting the old Bristol Pike, now Frankfort Ave. Elected to the state Senate in 1814 for one term, William was an early proponent for a public school system. He was appointed a member, and was later elected president of the Lower Dublin delegation of the Philadelphia county commission, 1818. The Senator married John Holme’s daughter, Frances “Fanny” Holme, on January 24, 1799. William died in October 1825.