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Pennsylvania State Senate

John E Fox


Session Office Position District Party
1901-1902 15 Republican
1903-1904 15 Republican
1905-1906 15 Republican
1907-1908 15 Republican
1909-1910 15 Republican
1911-1912 15 Republican
 Counties   Dauphin


1862 - 1942

Judge John E. Fox was the son of Thomas George and Diana (Hershey) Fox, born November 27, 1862, Hummelstown, Dauphin County; educated in local schools; Millersville Normal School; private schools; taught two years at Hummelstown; and graduated from Lafayette College, Easton, Pennsylvania, 1885; receiving a masters degree in 1887.  He was elected trustee of Lafayette College, entered the law office of Weiss & Gilbert, of Harrisburg, traveled to Europe and completed further studies, returning to Harrisburg in 1888; admitted to the Dauphin county bar and opened a private practice (1910), and later a partnership John R. Geyer.  In April 1921, Fox was appointed one of the law judges of Dauphin County; served in 1892 as delegate to the Minneapolis Republican National Convention; and in 1900 he was elected to the state Senate, serving three four-year terms.  In 1911, he was instrumental in the passage of the park extension bill, through which twenty-eight acres were added to Capitol Park and he assisted with the prosecution of the Capitol graft scandal.  Fox was appointed by Governor Sproul, April 1921, judge of the courts of Dauphin County. In September of the same year he received the nominations of the Republican, Democratic, Prohibition and Labor parties, and was elected in November of the same year by one of the largest popular votes ever given any candidate for any office by the electorate of Dauphin County.
He pursued banking in 1910 with Charles A. and Samuel Kunkel, became identified with the Mechanics' Bank of Harrisburg, director of the Harrisburg Trust Company, director of the Pennsylvania Telephone Company, and later the Bell Telephone Company of Pennsylvania.  He was a member of the Harrisburg Board of Trade and later the Chamber of Commerce.  Judge Fox was a member of the county, state and national bar associations and affiliated with a large number of clubs and other societies, including the Union League Club of New York City, the University Club of Philadelphia, the Harrisburg Club, the Anglenet Fishing Club, and the Country Club of Harrisburg.
John E. Fox married, September 4, 1907, Rachel Beverlina Kunkel, a daughter of Charles A. and Eliza B. (Waugh) Kunkel of Harrisburg.  Senator Fox died on August 7, 1842
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*Family Researchers indicate DOB, Nov 27, 1861, Hummelstown, Dauphin County: Middle name indicated “Edgar” or Eshenauer ; Courts and Lawyers indicates 1860; official Senate biography indicates November 27, 1862.