Member Biography

Simon Peter Wolverton 

Sessions Office Position District Party
1879-1880       27 Democrat
1881-1882       27 Democrat
1883-1884       27 Democrat
1885-1886       27 Democrat
1887-1888       27 Democrat


01/28/1837 - 10/25/1910

Simon Peter Wolverton (D27) Northumberland, Snyder, Union Counties, 1879-1888

Early Life: 

Simon Peter Wolverton born January 28, 1837, Rush Township, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania; attended, common schools, Danville Academy; Lewisburg University (Bucknell University), Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, 1860; principal of Sunbury Academy 1860-1862; studied law; admitted, bar, Northumberland County, 1862, attorney, commenced practice, Sunbury; captain, Civil War,1862-1863; elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1878, 1880, and 1884; unsuccessful, Democratic nominee, United States Senate, joint convention, 1884; elected, Democrat, Fifty-second and Fifty-third Congresses 1891-1895; not a candidate for renomination, 1894; continued the practice of law; died, October 25, 1910, Sunbury, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania, interment, Pomfret-Manor Cemetery, Sunbury, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania. (i)

Early Career:

Formed company, captain, 1862; served, Eighteenth Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers; Captain, Company F, Thirty-sixth Regiment, Pennsylvania Emergency Militia, 1863.

Pennsylvania Politics:

Elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 27th district, Northumberland, Snyder, Union Counties, 1878, resignation vacancy AH Hill; reelected 1880, and 1884; member, Congressional Apportionment, Legislative Apportionment, Judiciary General, Judiciary Special and Railroad Committees.

Continued Government Service/National Politics:

Unsuccessful, Democratic nominee, United States Senate, 1884.

Elected, Democrat, Fifty-second and Fifty-third united States Congresses, 1891-1895; not a candidate for renomination, 1894


Smull’s Legislative Hand Book, (1888) Cochran, T.B., Biographical Sketches of Senators, page 647, 670 and 676.


Congressional Biography

After 5 session(s) serving in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, Simon Peter Wolverton  went on to serve in congress