Member Biography

Anthony Francis Bannon Sr.

Sessions Office Position District Party
1893-1894       25 Republican
1895-1896       25 Republican

COUNTIES: Tioga, McKean, Potter  


10/13/1847 - 03/19/1924

Anthony Francis Bannon, Sr. (R25) McKean, Potter and Tioga Counties 1893-1896 

Early Life:

Anthony Francis Bannon, Sr., born October 13, 1847, Blossburg, Tioga County, Pennsylvania; son of Patrick Johanna Lonergan Bannon; when a lad of twelve he entered the mines where he worked for ten years, attending night school after working hours; married, Mary J. Carlyle, 1870, children, Anthony F. Jr., William P., Mary, Edward; engaged, grocery business, 1872; entered the employ of the Erie Railroad Company, Kendall Creek, 1877; a year later he engaged in the coal business, when, securing possession of some valuable oil property, sold out his coal interests in order to pay attention to his producing interests; elected coroner, McKean County, 1881-1884; chairman, Republican, McKean County Committee, 1883; elected, sheriff, McKean County, 1885-1889; elected, reading clerk, Pennsylvania State Senate, session of 1889-1890, elected, journal clerk, Pennsylvania State Senate, session of 1891-1892; elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1892; died, March 19, 1924 Blossburg, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. Burial location unknown. 

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

Member, Catholic Church; member, Lodge No. 133, Ancient Order of United Workmen; represented his lodge in the grand lodge, 1883.

Pennsylvania Politics: 

Elected, coroner, McKean County, 1881-1884.

Chairman, Republican, McKean County Committee, 1883. 

Elected, sheriff, McKean County, 1885-1889. 

Elected, reading clerk, Pennsylvania State Senate, session of 1889-1890.

Elected, journal clerk, Pennsylvania State Senate, session of 1891-1892. 

Elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 25th district, McKean, Potter and Tioga Counties 1893-1896; committee assignments, Accounts (Chairman), Appropriations, Public Printing.  


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

Smull’s Legislative Handbook, Cochran, T.B., (Editor) (1896) Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, pages 1053, 1061-1064, Biographical Sketches of Senators, page 1014.