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Pennsylvania House of Representatives




Session Position District Party
1885-1886 Republican
 Counties   Philadelphia


11/01/1860 - 12/31/1921

PENROSE, Boies, a Representative from Philadelphia County; born, November 1, 1860 in the city of Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pa.; attended, Episcopal Academy, Philadelphia; graduated, Harvard University, 1881; lawyer (1883-1921); elected as a Republican to the Pennsylvania House of Representative for the 1885 term; not a candidate for reelection to the House (1886); elected, Pennsylvania State Senate (1887-1896); elected, Senate President pro tempore (1889-1890); unsuccessful campaign, mayor, Philadelphia (1895); elected, United States Senate (1897-1921); died while in the office of Senate, December 31, 1921 in Washington, DC; interred, Laurel Hill Cemetery, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania.


Archival Collections

Boies Penrose Papers, 1882, 1887, 1894-1909, 1911-1914, 1916-1921, (various record groups), Pennsylvania State Archives, Harrisburg.



Allinson, Edward Pease and Boies Penrose.  The City Government of Philadelphia. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University, 1887.

U.S. Congress.  Senators from Pennsylvania. Memorial Addresses Delivered in the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States in Memory of Philaner C. Knox, Boies Penrose, William E. Crow, Late Senators from Pennsylvania. Washington, DC: Government Printing Office, 1924.

Davenport, Walter.  Power and Glory: The Life of Boies Penrose. New York, NY: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1931.

Bowden, Robert Douglas.  Boies Penrose: Symbol of an Era.  The University of California, 1937.




After 1 session(s) serving in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, BOIES PENROSE went on to serve in congress