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Pennsylvania State Senate

George Franklin Huff

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"Notable Men of Pittsburgh and Vicinity," Percy F. Smith



Session Office Position District Party
1885-1886 39 Republican
1887-1888 39 Republican
 Counties   Westmoreland


07/16/1842 - 04/18/1912

George Franklin Huff, (R39) Westmoreland 1885-1888

Early Life: 

George Franklin Huff, born July 16, 1842; Norristown, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania; son of George and Caroline Boyer-Huff, attended public schools , Middletown, Altoona; worked, Pennsylvania Railroad car shops in Altoona; moved, Westmoreland County, 1867; engaged, banking,  Greensburg, Pennsylvania; industrial and mining interests of western Pennsylvania; delegate, Republican National Convention, 1880; elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate (1884-1888); elected, Republican, Fifty-second Congress (1891- 1893); elected, Fifty-fourth Congress (1895-1897); was not a candidate for renomination, 1896; again elected to the Fifty-eighth and to the three succeeding Congresses (1903-1911); chairman, Committee on Mines and Mining (Sixtieth and Sixty-first Congresses); not a candidate for renomination in 1910; marriage with Henrietta Burrell, (a daughter of the late Jeremiah M. Burrell, twice President Judge of the Tenth Judicial District of Pennsylvania, and later United States District Judge for the Territory of Kansas); eight children; Died Washington, D.C., April 18, 1912; interment Saint Clair Cemetery, Greensburg, Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania Politics:

Delegate to the Republican National Convention, 1880.

Elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate 1885-1888.

Continued Government Service/National Politics:

Elected, Republican, Fifty-second Congress (1891-1893).  

Elected, Republican, Fifty-fourth Congress (1895-1897); was not a candidate for renomination, 1896.

Elected, Republican, Congresses, 58th (1903-1905); 59th (1905–1907), 60th (1907–1909), 61st (1909–1911) chairman, Committee on Mines and Mining (Sixtieth and Sixty-first Congresses); not a candidate for renomination in 1910

Federal Biography:



His Dupont Circle mansion, located at 1600 New Hampshire Avenue, Northwest, Washington, D.C designed by Horace Trumbauer and Julian Abele and built in 1906, was sold by his widow in 1913 to the Argentine Ministry of Foreign Relations, and has since housed the Embassy of Argentina. The Argentine Government purchased the building on February 20, 1913, from Mrs. Henrietta Huff, who decided to sell the house after her husband’s death in 1912. (i)


Smull’s Legislative Hand Book, (1887) Miller, Biographical Sketches of Senators, pg. 623.

                    (i)  https://wikidocumentaries-demo.wmflabs.org/Q5369547?language=en

After 2 session(s) serving in the Pennsylvania Senate, George Franklin Huff went on to serve in congress