William Henry Andrews (R50) Crawford County 1895-1898
William Henry Andrews, born January 14, 1846, Youngsville, Warren County, Pennsylvania; son of James and Martha Horn Andrews; engaged, dry goods merchant; elected, chair, Crawford County Republican Committee, 1880-1884; chair, Crawford County Republican Committee, 1886-1890; elected, secretary, Republican State Committee, 1887-1888; elected, chair, Republican State Committee, 1889-1890; elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State House of Representatives, 1889-1890; elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State House of Representatives, 1893-1894; elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1895-1898; engaged, mining and oil development, New Mexico; elected, council, New Mexico Territory, 1903-1904; elected, delegate, Republican, United States Congress, 1905-1912; president, Santa Fe Railroad Company; married, Rose Ann Eddy Andrews, 1862, (d.1879), children, William H. Andrews, Belle Rose Andrews Maus, Frank Eddy Andrews; married, Mary Adelaide Fry Andrews, son, William Stanley Andrews; died, January 16, 1919, Carlsbad, Eddy County, New Mexico; interment, Woodlawn Cemetery, Titusville, Crawford County, Pennsylvania.
State senate campaign manager for Walter Brooks Roberts, 1878. Senator Roberts, with his brother, invented the Roberts Torpedo, literally a canister bomb loaded with nitroglycerin, used by Crawford, Venango oil drillers, later the entire industry, to open shafts for free flow of black gold. The process revolutionized the oil industry. Roberts benefiting from a successful election, was able to name him, Crawford County Republican Committee chairman. Embarking on a successful political career.
Elected, chair, Crawford County Republican Committee, 1880-1884.
Chair, Crawford County Republican Committee, 1886-1890.
Elected, secretary, Republican State Committee, 1887-1888.
Elected, chair, Republican State Committee, 1889-1890.
Elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State House of Representatives, 1889-1890; not a candidate for reelection, 1890.
Elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State House of Representatives, 1893-1894; not a candidate for reelection, 1894.
Elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 50th District, Crawford County, 1895-1898. Committee assignments, Agriculture, Corporations, Education, Insurance, New Counties and County Seats, Public Health and Sanitation, Public Supply of Light, Heat and Water (Chairman), Railroad and Street Passenger Railways.
Continued Government Service/National Politics:
Elected, council, New Mexico Territory, 1903-1904.
Elected, delegate, Republican, Fifty-ninth, Sixtieth, Sixty-first, and Sixty-second United States Congresses, 1905-1912; when, pursuant to law, his term expired, the Territory of New Mexico having been admitted as a State into the Union and the Representative-elect having qualified.
Pennsylvania House of Representatives Biography:
Smull’s Legislative Handbook, Cochran, T.B., (Editor) Miller, H.P. (Assistant Editor) (1898) Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, pages 1164, 1169-1171, Biographical Sketches of Senators, page 1135.