Born, December 11, 1864, the son of William and Susan (Silver) McConkey of Wrightsville, York County, Pennsylvania; died August 24, 1910; married Annie Strickler, daughter of David Strickler, 1894. He received his preliminary education in the public schools, graduating from the high school and then entering the York Collegiate Institute, where he completed his course of study. He began his business career as a member of the firm of McConkey Brothers, but after a short time entered the service of the Pullman Car Company, where he remained for a number of years, rising step by step until he became assistant superintendent in Philadelphia. At the time of his marriage he removed to York, becoming interested in the Farmers' Fire Insurance Company, of which his father-in-law, David Strickler, was secretary and treasurer. In 1900, upon the death of Mr. Strickler, Mr. McConkey succeeded to his office, and he was also a director of the York National Bank, the York Water Company, the York Gas Company and the Guardian Trust Company. His allegiance was always given to the Republican party, but not until 1902 did he take any active part in politics. In that year the Republicans of York county requested him to accept the nomination for State Senator, and although, ever since the organization of the Republican party, the county had sent a Democratic representative to the legislature, Mr. McConkey courageously consented to become a candidate. After an active and vigorous campaign in which he was one of the chief participants, his party succeeded in electing him by a handsome majority. He took a prominent part in all the deliberations of the senate, serving on the committees on banks and building and loan associations, judiciary, education, appropriations, street railways, and others equally important. At the extra session of the legislature held in 1906 he performed duties of great moment, and at the close of the session received a personal letter of congratulation for his valuable services from Samuel Whitaker Pennypacker, then Governor of the State of Pennsylvania. He affiliated with Riverside Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons, and the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, also holding membership in the Country and Bachelors' clubs. He belonged to the Lafayette Club, one of the leading social organizations of York, and at one time served as its president. Senator McConkey married, October 23, 1894, Annie, daughter of David Strickler, of York, and they became the parents of two daughters: Mary Elizabeth, and Hannah H. The death of Senator McConkey, which occurred August 24, 1910, deprived his city and State. Grandson of James McConkey.
Encyclopedia of Pennsylvania Biography, By John Woolf Jordan, Thomas Lynch Montgomery, Ernest Spofford, Frederic