Chester D Sensenich
Photo: 1913-1914 Senate Composite, PSA; Bio: Western Pennsylvanians, 593.
Chester Sensenich was the son of Jacob Hiestand and Mary (Eby) Sensenich, born January 8, 1867, Compassville, Chester County. The family moved to Irwin, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania when Chester was a child. He was educated in public schools and attended “commercial courses” in night school; was a delegate to the 1894 Republican State Convention; selected chair of the Republican County Committee, 1896; returned to same position, 1910-1911; clerk of the county court, 1897-1900; elected to the Senate of Pennsylvania, November 1912; co-owner of the Irwin Foundry and Mine Car Co.; organizer of the Irwin First National Bank and the Irwin Savings and Trust Co.; mine operator and president of the Inra-State Coal and Coke Co.; member of the Irwin council; married Carrie E. Boyd in 1899; and member of the Irwin United Presbyterian Church. Sensenich was an important force in Western Pennsylvania’s temperance movement. He died November 10, 1937.