Member Biography

Wilbur Paul Graff 


Indiana Co. 175th Anniversary, Vol IV., p. 159

Sessions Office Position District Party
1917-1918       37 Republican
1919-1920       37 Republican

COUNTIES: Indiana, Jefferson  


12/17/1868 - 09/15/1920

Wilbur Paul Graff (R37) Indiana and Jefferson Counties, 1917-1920

Early Life:

Wilbur Paul Graff, born December 17, 1868, Blairsville, Indiana County, Pennsylvania; son of Paul and Elizabeth A. Mowry Graff; public school education; attended, West Point Military Academy, two years; Lafayette College, Easton, Pennsylvania; Eastman Business College, Poughkeepsie, New York; clerk, First National Bank of Blairsville; president, First National Bank of Blairsville 1916; organizer, Torrance State Hospital; engaged, coal and farming; trustee, Allegheny College, Meadville; secretary, Indiana County Republican Committee; married, Laura Elizabeth Rugg Graff, 1879, died while in office of the Senate, September 15, 1920 (aged 51), Blairsville, Indiana County, Pennsylvania; interment Blairsville Cemetery, Blairsville, Indiana County, Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania Politics:

Trustee, Allegheny College, Meadville; secretary, Indiana County Republican Committee.

Elected, Pennsylvania State Senate, 37th district, Indiana and Jefferson Counties, 1917-1920; committee assignments, Appropriations, Banks and Building and Loan Associations, Congressional Apportionment, Corporations (Chairman), Exposition Affairs, Finance, Law and Order, Legislative Apportionment, Public Health and Sanitation, Public Printing, Public Roads and Highways.


Hosted, President Howard Taft at his home, 1917.


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

The Pennsylvania Manual, (1920). Miller, H.P., (Compiler). Baker, W.H., (Assistant Compiler). Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, pages 1119, 1131, Biographical Sketches of Senators, page 1097. 

Wilbur Paul Graff (1868-1920) - Find a Grave Memorial