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Pennsylvania State Senate

Flora Morris Vare



Session Office Position District Party
1925-1926 1 Republican
1927-1928 1 Republican
 Counties   Philadelphia


07/26/1873 - 05/27/1962

Flora Morris Vare (R1) Philadelphia County 1925-1928

Personal Life and Education:

Flora Morris Vare, born July 26, 1873, New London, New London County, Connecticut; attended Philadelphia public schools; married, Pennsylvania State Senator Edwin Vare, (d.1922); son, George Augustus Vare, daughter Abagail S. Vare Jones; Housewife; elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1924-1927; died, May 27, 1962 (aged 88) Lankenau Medical Center, Wynnewood, Lower Merion Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania; interment: West Laurel Hill Cemetery, Bala Cynwyd, Montgomery County Pennsylvania. (i)

Pennsylvania Politics:

Elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1st District, Philadelphia County, 1925 -1928, chair Library Committee; member, Appropriations, City Passenger Railways, Congressional Apportionment, Elections Finance, Insurance, Law and Order, Municipal Affairs and Public Roads and Highways and Railroads Committees; seat vacated, William Scott Vare (brother in law) defeated, Lawrence E. McCrossin, 1928.


First woman to serve in the Pennsylvania State Senate. Proposed legislation for a Pennsylvania constitutional amendment to provide everyone over the age of 65 with a dollar a day pension, the legislation was not passed. 

A member of the Vare family had held Senate District 1 seat from 1896-1928; George Vare (1896-1908), Edwin Vare (1909-1922) William Scott Vare (1923-1924) known as the "Dukes of South Philadelphia" and Flora Morris Vare (1925-1928) ended the Vare Family’s 37-year political reign of the Senate. 


Dight, J.C., (Director). Whitmore, R.E., (Compiler). (1927). The Pennsylvania Manual, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, pages 964, 966, 972, Biographical Sketches of Senators, page 993.

         (i) https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/91323596/flora-morris-vare