Did you know that for most of its early history, the Pennsylvania Senate was not led by the President Pro Tempore or the Lieutenant Governor, but rather by the Speaker of the Senate?
Hailing from many regions across the Commonwealth, the public servants featured in this case have one thing in common; all served as Leaders of the Pennsylvania Senate.
This exhibition explores the people who have led the Pennsylvania Senate — as both Speakers and Presidents Pro Tempore — and how they dedicated their time in public service to fulfilling their legislative mission.
The case begins by introducing visitors to the history behind the role of Pennsylvania Senate Leader, and then highlights the service of two historical Senate Leaders — Speaker Jesse R. Burden, M.D. from Philadelphia, and President Pro Tempore Edward E. Beidleman, Esq., from Harrisburg.
Other Organization and Individuals: David Craig, Executive Director, Pennsylvania Capitol Preservation Committee; Jason Wilson, Historian, Pennsylvania Capitol Preservation Committee; Kathy Hale, Government Documents Librarian, Pennsylvania State Library; Iren Snavely, Rare Books Librarian, Pennsylvania State Library; Kevin Spangenberg, Librarian, Pennsylvania State Library; Jesse Noonan, Digitization Technician, Pennsylvania State Library; Heidi Mays, Director, House of Representative Archives; Jennifer Ott, Research Analyst, House of Representative Archives; Ken Frew, Research Librarian/Acting Archivist and Curator, Historical Society of Dauphin County; Christine Turner, Executive Director, Historical Society of Dauphin County Staff.