Member Biography

William Henry Andrews 

Sessions Office Position District Party
1895-1896       50 Republican
1897-1898       50 Republican

COUNTIES: Crawford  


01/14/1846 - 01/16/1919

William Henry Andrews (R50) Crawford County 1895-1898 

Early Life:

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.

Early Career:

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. 

Pennsylvania Politics:

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:

Official Website - PA House Archives Official Website (


Cox, Harold. Senate Members "A" ( Wilkes University Election Statistics ProjectWilkes University.

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.

William Henry Andrews (1846-1919) - Find a Grave Memorial


Congressional Biography

After 2 session(s) serving in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, William Henry Andrews  went on to serve in congress