Member Biography

John Harvey Wilson 

Sessions Office Position District Party
1887-1888       38 Democrat
1889-1890       38 Democrat


1841 - 1890

John Harvey, son of Samuel and Sarah (Callen) Wilson, was born in Clarion county, Pennsylvania, January 24, 1841. He was educated in the public schools of Clarion county and in Reid Institute. As a young man he taught school for a number of years and subsequently was a merchant in Reidsburg. For the past twenty years he has devoted his attention to agricultural pursuits, and is now the owner of eighteen hundred acres of most arable land in Clarion county. He is a general farmer and stock-raiser. In politics he is a staunch Democrat. He was elected a
member of the legislature in 1874 and served with the utmost efficiency in the sessions of 1875-76. In 1886 he was elected a member of the Pennsylvania Senate and served in that capacity for a period of four years. He was nominated and elected on the Democratic ticket in 1912 for membership in the assembly. He and his wife were devout Baptists, in the faith of which church they reared their children. Mr. Wilson married, September 18, 1866, Minerva J. Frampton, born in Clarion County, Pennsylvania, daughter of Samuel and Evaline (Reynolds) Frampton, the former of whom was a prominent farmer in Clarion county where he owned about twelve hundred acres of land. Mr. and Mrs. Frampton were the parents of the following children: Hayes, Thomas and Lizzie, all reside in Clarion county; Minerva J., wife of Mr. Wilson, as already noted ; Richard, a resident of Oil City, Pennsylvania; Ida, wife of Rev. Rightour. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. Mr. and Mrs. Wilson had eight children: 1. Guy, died at the age of ten years. 2. Minnie, wife of Arthur Collner, of Clarion. 3. Richard Thomas, mentioned below. 4. Pearl, wife of M. O. Kifer, who is engaged in the lumber business in Kentucky. 5. Charles, married Belle Frampton and they lived in Clarion Township, Clarion county. 6. Reynolds, manager for Mat. Weis, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 7. Fred, died a young man. 8. Grace, a school teacher at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Was graduated in the Pennsylvania Normal School at Clarion,
County, Jan. 24, 1841; died 1921, Clarion County.