Member Biography

William Alexander Purviance 

Sessions Office Position District Party
1836-1837       19 Anti-Mason
1837-1838       19 Whig
1838-1839       19 Whig
1839       19 Whig

COUNTIES: Allegheny, Butler  


06/22/1788 - 04/01/1857

William Alexander Purviance (Anti-Masonic19) Allegheny and Butler Counties 1836-1837 (Whig19) Allegheny and Butler Counties 1837-1840

Early Life:

William Alexander Purviance, born June 22, 1788, Claysville, Washington County, Pennsylvania, son of John and Elizabeth Thompson Purviance; farmer, surveyor, Butler County, 49 years; elected, Anti-Masonic Party, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1836-1938; married Sophia Strickler Purviance, 1838, children, Elizabeth Purviance, J. Thompson Purviance, Mary Purviance, Henry Clay Purviance, Sophia Strickler Purviance, Harriet L. Purviance, William A. Purviance, Benjamin Franklin Purviance, Ulysses Grant Purviance; died, April 1, 1857, Dauphin, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania; interment, White Oak Springs Presbyterian Cemetery, Renfrew, Butler County, Pennsylvania.

Early Career:

Farmer, surveyor, Butler County, 49 years.

Pennsylvania Politics:

Elected, Anti-Mason, Pennsylvania State Senate, 19th district, Allegheny and Butler Counties, 1836-1837; elected, Whig, Pennsylvania State Senate, 19th district, Allegheny and Butler Counties, 1837-1840.


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

William Alexander Purviance b. 22 Jun 1788 Claysville, Washington, Pennsylvania, USA d. 1 Apr 1857 Dauphin, Pennsylvania, USA: JHBL Genealogy (

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