Member Biography

Flora Morris Vare 

Sessions Office Position District Party
1925-1926       1 Republican
1927-1928       1 Republican

COUNTIES: Philadelphia  


07/26/1873 - 05/27/1962

Flora Morris Vare (R1) Philadelphia (Part) County 1925-1928

Personal Life and Education:

Flora Morris Vare, born  July 26, 1873, New London, New London County, Connecticut; attended Philadelphia public schools; married, Edwin Vare (d.1922), children, George Augustus Vare, Abagail S. Vare Jones; Housewife; elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1924-1927; died, May 27, 1962 (aged 88), Lankenau Medical Center, Wynnewood, Lower Merion Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania; interment: West Laurel Hill Cemetery, Bala Cynwyd, Montgomery County Pennsylvania. 

Pennsylvania Politics:

Elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1st District, Philadelphia (Part) County, 1925 -1928, committee assignments; Appropriations, City Passenger Railways, Congressional Apportionment, Elections, Finance, Insurance, Law and Order, Library (Chairwoman), Municipal Affairs Public Roads and Highways, Railroads; seat vacated, brother-in-law, William Scott Vare, defeated, Lawrence E. McCrossin, 1928. 


First woman to serve in the Pennsylvania State Senate. Proposed legislation for a Pennsylvania constitutional amendment to provide everyone over the age of 65 with a dollar a day pension, the legislation was not passed. 

Vare family held, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1st district, 1896-1928; brothers, known as "Dukes of South Philadelphia" George Vare, 1896-1908, Edwin Vare, 1909-1922, William Scott Vare, 1923-1924, Flora Morris Vare, 1925-1928.

George Augustus Vare, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1st district, Philadelphia (Part) County, 1897-1908. 

George Augustus Vare  - Pennsylvania Senate Library (

Husband, Edwin Hornberger Vare Sr., Pennsylvania State Senate, 1st district, Philadelphia (Part) County, 1909-1922.

Edwin Hornberger Vare Sr. - Pennsylvania Senate Library (

William Scott Vare, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1st district, Philadelphia (Part) County, 1923-1924.

William Scott Vare  - Pennsylvania Senate Library (


Cox, Harold. "Senate Members "V""Wilkes University Election Statistics Project. Wilkes University.

Dight, J.C., (Director). Whitmore, R.E., (Compiler). (1927). The Pennsylvania Manual, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, pages 964, 966, 972, Biographical Sketches of Senators, page 993.

Flora Morris Vare (1873-1962) - Find a Grave Memorial