Herbert Arlene, Sr., (D3) Philadelphia County 1967-1980
Herbert Arlene, Sr., born, September 5, 1914, Harrison, Washington County, Georgia; son of Elbert and Mattie King Arlene; educated, Harrison public schools; Philadelphia Business School; Miller College, honorary L.L.D; owner, Arlene’s Tailor Shop; chairman and county committeeman, 47th Ward Democratic Committee; elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania House of Representatives, 1959-1966; elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate 1967-1980; appointed, Special Committee to Study the Public Employee Relations Act of 1970, 1973; married, Emma Davis, 1934, (d. 1975) one son Herbert Jr., one daughter Clara Banks; died, November 9, 1989, city of Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania; interred, Rolling Green Cemetery, West Chester, Chester County, Pennsylvania.
Philadelphia Naval Ship Yards; owner, Wigfall and Arlene’s Tailor Shop, then Arlene’s Tailor Shop, corner of Jefferson and Opal Streets Philadelphia.
Professional titles; business ownership; board memberships; local government; club memberships:
Member, African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church; Philadelphia Chapter, Urban League; Peoples Neighborhood Medical Center; board of trustees, Lincoln University; board of directors, Greater Philadelphia Development Corporation; board member, Wharton Neighborhood Community Center; member, Model Cities Neighborhood Council 15; Young Men’s Christian Association (Y.M.C.A.), North Central Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People; North Central Community Organization; Temple Mental Health Retardation Center; Berean Institute; Philadelphia Athletic League; Hospital Authority of Philadelphia. (i)
Member, Odd Fellows; Elks; Prince Hall Masonic Order; 33rd degree Mason; Pyramid Temple Number 1; Ancient Egyptian Arabic Order Nobles Mystic Shrine (AEAONMS). (i)
Chairman and county committeeman, 47th Ward Democratic Committee, Philadelphia.
Elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania House of Representatives, 1959-1966.
Elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 3rd district, Philadelphia County, 1967-1980; appointed, Special Committee to Study the Public Employee Relations Act of 1970, 1973; Chair Labor and Industry Committee; vice chair, Urban Affairs and Housing; member, Appropriations, Insurance, Public Health and Welfare and Rules and Executive Nominations.
Pennsylvania House of Representatives Biography:
First African American elected, Pennsylvania State Senate (ii)
Herbert Arlene, Sr. Housing Project 16th and Jefferson Street, Philadelphia.
Ackley, G. (Ed.). Arcuri, P. (Ed.). (1979-1980). The Pennsylvania manual, Volume 104. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Members of the Senate of Pennsylvania, pages 63 and 87.