Elmer I Phillips
20th Century History of New Castle and Lawrence County Pennsylvania and Representative Citizens
Born in New Castle, Lawrence County, May 20, 1861, Elmer was the son of Isaiah and Agnes J. Phillips. He was educated at preparatory schools in New Castle and Butler University, Indianapolis, IN, where he graduated in 1884. He studied law, was admitted to the bar, and became a mainstay of the county Republican Committee. From 1892 to 1899, he served on the City Council, two years as the elected president. In November 1904, he was elected a member of the state Senate. A successful businessman, the senator served as a chief operative of the Lawrence Glass Company. In 1897 he accepted the position of secretary and general sales agent of the American Glass Company, and from 1899 to 1903 he served in the same capacity with the American Window Glass Company. He was a member of the board of directors and executive committee of the Lawrence Savings & Trust Company, the New Castle Portland Cement company, and is one of the trustees and treasurer of the Shenango Valley Hospital. In 1885, Mr. Phillips married Beulah Ingels.