Member Biography

Vivian Frank Gable 

Sessions Office Position District Party
1905-1906       8 Republican

COUNTIES: Philadelphia  


04/13/1873 - 11/19/1937

Judge Vivian Frank Gable (R8) Philadelphia 1906

Early Life: 

Vivian Frank Gable, born April, 13, 1873, Hummelstown, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania; son of Reverend Doctor Israel M. and Mary C. Blessing Gable; public schools education; Central High School, Philadelphia, 1890; College Department, University of Pennsylvania, Ph. B., 1892; Law Department, University of Pennsylvania, L.L.B., 1895; admitted, Philadelphia County Bar, 1895; private practice; married, Mary Groves Scargle,1898 (d.1917); daughter, Mrs. Mary Strickler; elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1906; Chair, Lincoln Party, Pennsylvania State Republican Party; commissioned Chief and Real Estate Deputy Sheriff, Philadelphia, 1920; appointed, Governor Fisher, Judge, Philadelphia Municipal Court, 1931-1937; death, November 19, 1937, heart attack, driving, daughters house Yardley, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, crashed into automobiles; interment, Greenmount Cemetery, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania.

Professional titles; business ownership; board memberships; local government; club memberships:

Member, trustee, Erie Avenue United Methodist Church, Philadelphia; member, Union League, University Club, Philadelphia Bar Association, Mason.  

Pennsylvania Politics:

Elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 8th district, Philadelphia, January 9, 1906, vacancy, Horatio Hackett, deceased. Chair, Congressional Apportionment; member Appropriations, City Passenger Railways, Corporations, Law and Order, Military Affairs and Pension and Gratuities Committees of Regular and Extraordinary Session.  

Commissioned, Chief and Real Estate Deputy Sheriff, Philadelphia, Philadelphia Sheriff Robert E. Lambertson, 1920

Appointed, Governor John Stuchell Fisher, Judge of the Philadelphia Municipal Court, 1931-1937.


Cochran, T.B., (Ed.) Miller, H.P. (A. Ed.) (1906) Smull’s Legislative Hand Book, Biographical Sketches of Senators, page 802, 823, 829-834.

The Evening News (Harrisburg, Pennsylvania) Saturday November 20, 1937, Page 7

The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) Wednesday November 24, 1937, Page 4