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Pennsylvania State Senate

Miles S Humphreys


Session Position District Party
1871 23 Republican
1873 23 Republican
 Counties   Allegheny


1837 -

Born to Welsh immigrants, Miles S. Humphreys was born on August 25, 1837, Richmond Virginia, the son of North Wales immigrants, before settling in Pittsburgh.  As a boy he worked as a puddler in a rolling mill, rising to a prestigious position as Pittsburgh’s Fire Chief.  A strong high-tariff Republican and union man, he was an officer and organizer of the United Sons of Vulcan, a boiler and puddler union that evolved into the Amalgamated Association of Iron and Steel Workers in 1876.  Politically, the popular Chief Humphreys was elected to the state House, 1867-1871; and the state Senate, 1872-1874, where he introduced a bill that formed the Bureau of Labor Statistics, a department in which he served as first state director, 1879-1882    
Married, wife was Martha.
Alive in 1900 Census.