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William Boyd Dunlap


Session Position District Party
1891-1892 46 Democrat
1893-1894 46 Democrat
 Counties   Beaver, Washington


1836 - 1922

Attorney, born July 2, 1836, Bridgewater, Beaver County, the son of Samuel Rutherford and Nancy (Hemphill) Dunlap of Darlington, Beaver County; William Boyd Dunlap attended private and public schools; the Darlington and Beaver Academies, graduating from Jefferson College in 1858 – his classmates including Governor Beaver, George A. Jenks, and Chauncey Black.  He turned down a congressional appointment to West Point, choosing to study law; travelled to Covington, Kentucky, where he became a teacher and principal, and taught the sons of President Grant – Fred and Buck.  He returned to Pennsylvania where he pursued the “river business” as a clerk on a steamer before dedicating the rest of his life to politics.  As such, he was a delegate to numerous Democratic state conventions; a member of the 1872 Reading Constitutional Convention “delegates at large” nominating caucus; an 1876 national elector for Tilden; an 1880 national elector for Hancock; an unsuccessful candidate in 1878 for the state Senate (defeated by George V.E. Lawrence); and was a unanimous pick for the caucus for an 1890 congressional seat; however finally secured a seat in the state Senate.  In 1889, he came to Beaver where he formed a connection with the Beaver "Daily Star" as its business manager. He held the position until 1909, when the plant was destroyed by fire.  At that point, Dunlap retired at his home in West Bridgewater, managing real estate interests.  He died on April 18, 1922, interred in Beaver Cemetery.
Bio: Rodearmel, 1893; also:John W. Jordan,  Encyclopedia of Pennsylvania Biography, vol I, ( New York, 1914, Lewis Historical Pub. Co).