Member Biography

John Edgar Reyburn 

Sessions Office Position District Party
1877       5 Republican
1878       5 Republican
1879-1880       5 Republican
1881-1882       5 Republican
1883-1884     Speaker 5 Republican
1885-1886       5 Republican
1887-1888       5 Republican
1889-1890       5 Republican

COUNTIES: Philadelphia  


02/07/1845 - 01/04/1914

John Edgar Reyburn (R5) Philadelphia (Part) County 1876-1890

Early Life: 

John Edgar Reyburn, born February 7, 1845, New Carlisle, Clark County, Ohio; son of William Stuart and Lydia Reeder Crain Reyburn; attended, Saunders Institute, West Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; University of Pennsylvania; lawyer, 1870-1914; engaged, real estate, Leavenworth, Kansas; elected, Republican, Pennsylvania House of Representatives, 1870, 1873, 1874-1875; not a candidate, reelection, House, 1871, 1876; elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1876-1890; elected, President Pro Tempore, 1883-1884; elected, Republican, United States House of Representatives, 1890-1896; elected, Republican, United States House of Representatives, 1906- resigned 1907 elected, mayor, city of Philadelphia, 1907-1911; engaged, manufacturing business; married, Margaretta Eleanor Crozier, 1881, children, Congressman William Stuart Reyburn, Eleanor Reyburn Harrington, Robert Crozier Reyburn; died, January 4, 1914, Washington, District of Columbia; interment, Laurel Hill Cemetery, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania.

Early Career:

Admitted, Philadelphia bar, lawyer, 1870-1914.  

Pennsylvania Politics: 

Elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State House of Representatives, 1871, 1874-1876. 

Elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 5th district, Philadelphia (Part) County, 1877-1890, elected, president pro tempore, 1883-1884; committee assignments, Appropriations (Chairman), Judicial General, Municipal Affairs. 

Elected, Republican, Mayor of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1907-1911. 

Pennsylvania House of Representatives Biography:

Official Website - PA House Archives Official Website (

Continued Government Service/National Politics:

Elected, Republican, Pennsylvania 4th district, Fifty-first Congress, vacancy death, William D. Kelley; reelected, Fifty-second, Fifty-third, and Fifty-fourth Congresses, served, 1890-1897; unsuccessful candidate for renomination, 1896; elected, Pennsylvania 2nd district, Fifty-ninth Congress, vacancy death, Robert Adams; reelected, Sixtieth Congress, 1906- resigned, March 31, 1907.


Married, Margretta Crozier, Leavenworth, Kansas, 1881, daughter of district judge Robert Crozier, John’s family attorney. 

Son, William Stuart Reyburn, United States House of Representatives, Pennsylvania 2nd Congressional District, vacancy death, Joel Cook, served, 1911-1913.


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

Smull’s Legislative Handbook, (1889). Cochran, T.B., (Editor) Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, pages 687, 693-695, Biographical Sketches of Senators, page 659.

John Edgar Reyburn (1845-1914) - Find a Grave Memorial

Congressional Biography

After 8 session(s) serving in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, John Edgar Reyburn  went on to serve in congress