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Pennsylvania State Senate

Joseph Murphy Gazzam



Session Position District Party
1877 43 Republican
1879-1880 43 Republican
 Counties   Allegheny


1842 - 1927

The son of Senator Edward D. and Elizabeth Antoinette Gazzam, Joseph M. Gazzam was born in Pittsburgh on Dec. 2, 1842; educated at Western University (Pitt); read law with David Reed in 1860 and was admitted to the Allegheny County bar in 1863.  In 1870, he became Pennsylvania’s youngest attorney to receive the privilege of practicing before the US Supreme Court.  He represented Pittsburgh’s First Ward in Common Council, 1876; and was elected to the state Senate, 1877-1880.  In 1879, Joseph moved his law practice to Philadelphia; was a supporter of the Beech Creek Railroad; president of the Philadelphia Finance Co., the Bridgewater Cordage Co., the Kenilworth Inn Co., the (North Carolina) Kenilworth Land Co., the Etowah Iron Co. (Georgia), and the Wilkes-Barre and Western Railroad Co.  He served as Vice President of the Quaker City National Bank, Philadelphia; the Ames-Bonner Co. of Toledo, Ohio, the Auer Light Co. of South America, the Pennsylvania Central Coal and Coke Co., and the Dent’s Run Coal Co., Pennsylvania.  He served as director for an additional 26 companies.  He was a prominent member of the Pennsylvania Historical Society, the Fairmount Park Art Association, the American Academy of Political and Social Science, the Union League, and numerous other scholarly and social organizations.  He died in 1927.  The town of Gazzam, Pennsylvania is named in the Senator’s, and his illustrious family’s honor.  He married Nellie May Andrews in 1893.