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Pennsylvania State Senate

Issac Webster Grim



Session Office Position District Party
1903-1904 10 Democrat
1905-1906 10 Democrat
1907-1908 10 Democrat
1909-1910 10 Democrat
 Counties   Bucks


1866 - 1947

Webster Grim was the son of Dr. George W. and Elizabeth P. (Koons) Grim, born at the Grim home in Nockamixon Twp., Bucks County, Pennsylvania, August 11, 1866; attended the public schools; Riegelsville High School; and the Keystone Normal School at Kutztown where he graduated in 1887. He taught school in Bucks County for five years; read law under Nathan C. James; was admitted to the Bucks County bar in 1899, and opened a private practice in Doylestown.

After an unsuccessful bid for district attorney, he served as a justice of the peace for Doylestown for some time, eventually extending his private practice to nearly four decades.
Webster was an early supporter of the county’s Democratic Party, elected Bucks County’s state senator, serving 1903-1910. He was a frequent Democratic nominee: for US Senator in 1908; for judge of the Superior Court, 1909 and 1913; and for governor in 1910. He was a delegate to the 1920 National Democratic Convention; division chairman of the Democratic State Committee; and served as school director twelve years.

An astute businessman, Grim acquired controlling interest in the Doylestown Publishing Company, owners of the daily and weekly Doylestown "Democrat." He served as president of the Bucks County Bar Association and was otherwise a prolific writer-historian.

Senator Grim was an accomplished musician directing the choir of Doylestown Presbyterian Church, was organist and choir director of Salem Reformed Church, and directed the musical program of Bucks County Teachers' Institute. He taught the Men's Bible Class of Salem Reformed Church for eighteen years and for twelve years was superintendent of the Sunday school. In 1890, Grim married Mary Alice Sassaman. The Honorable Webster Grim died in 1947.