Member Biography

George Ross 

Sessions Office Position District Party
1887-1888       10 Democrat
1889-1890       10 Democrat
1891-1892       10 Democrat
1893-1894       10 Democrat



08/24/1841 - 11/19/1894

George Ross (D10) Bucks County 1886-1895

Early Life: 

George Ross, born August 24, 1841, Doylestown, Bucks County, Pennsylvania; son of United States Congressman Thomas and Elizabeth Pawling Ross;  Princeton College, New Jersey, graduated, 1861; attorney-at-law 1861-1894; member, constitution convention from Bucks County and Northampton Counties; delegate, Democratic Conventions 1876, 1884 and 1892; appointed, trustee State Hospital for the Insane for Southeastern district, Norristown, from Bucks County; unsuccessful candidate, 7th district congressional, democratic nominee, defeated, 1884 and 1888, elected, democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1886-1895; married, Ellen Lyman Phipps, 1870, six children: Thomas, Elizabeth P., George; Ellen P., Mary; Gertrude.; died, blight disease, home, Ross Mansion, Doylestown, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, November 19, 1894.(i) (ii)

Pennsylvania Politics:

Unsuccessful candidate, 7th district congressional, democratic nominee, defeated, 1884 and 1888,

Elected, democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 10th district, Bucks County, 1886-1895; member Congressional Apportionment, Elections, Insurance, Judiciary General, Judiciary Special, Public Buildings, Library, and New Counties and County Seats Committees.  


Grandfather John Ross, elected, Republican, Eleventh Congress; elected, Fourteenth and Fifteenth Congresses, resigned, 1818, president judge of the seventh judicial district of the State; transferred, State supreme bench, 1830-1834.

Father, Thomas Ross, United States Congressman, Bucks and Lehigh counties, 1848, 1849, 1850, 1851.

The Ross Mansion was torn down in 1897 and replaced with the Doylestown National Bank.(iii)


Smull’s Legislative Hand Book, (1888) Cochran, T.B., Biographical Sketches of Senators, page 645, 670, 676-678.


  2. The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) Tuesday November 20, 1894, Page 7