Member Biography

John Irving Whalley 


PA Manual, 1959-60; Congressional biography

Sessions Office Position District Party
1955-1956       36 Republican
1957-1958       36 Republican
1959       36 Republican
1960       36 Republican


09/14/1902 - 03/08/1980

John Irving Whalley (R36) Bedford, Fulton, Somerset Counties 1955-1960

Early Life: 

John Irving Whalley, born September 14, 1902, Barnesboro, Cambria County, Pennsylvania; son of James H. and Isabella Whalley; Cambria Rowe Business College; automobile dealer; coal operator; banker; elected, Windber School Board, 1935-1947; elected, Republican, Pennsylvania House of Representatives, 1951-1954, not a candidate for reelection, 1954; elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1955- resigned 1960; elected by Special Election, United States House of Representatives, November 8, 1960-1972, not a candidate for reelection, 1972; presidential appointee, United Nations delegate, 1969; died, March 8, 1980, Pompano Beach, Broward County, Florida; interment, Grandview Cemetery, Johnstown, Cambria County, Pennsylvania.

Professional titles; business ownership; board memberships; local government; club memberships:

Member, advisory board of Johnstown College, University of Pittsburgh; chairman, Somerset County Redevelopment Authority and Windber Planning Commission.

Pennsylvania Politics:

Elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State House of Representatives, 1951-1954, not a candidate for reelection, 1954.

Elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 36th district, Bedford, Fulton, Somerset Counties, 1955-1960; resigned, August 18, 1960, Stanley Stroup elected, November 5, 1960.

Continued Government Service/National Politics:

Elected by Special Election, United States House of Representatives, 86th, 87th, 88th, 89th, 90th, 91st, 92nd, Congresses, November 8, 1960-1972, vacancy, death, United States Representative, Douglas H. Elliott; not a candidate for reelection, 1972.

Presidential appointee, President Richard Milhous Nixon, United Nations delegate, 1969.

Pennsylvania House of Representatives Biography:

Official Website - PA House Archives Official Website (


Posthumously inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame.


Cox, Harold. "Senate Members W"Wilkes University Election Statistics Project. Wilkes University.

» J. Irving Whalley | Automotive Hall of Fame

John Irving Whalley (1902-1980) - Find a Grave Memorial

Congressional Biography

After 4 session(s) serving in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, John Irving Whalley  went on to serve in congress