Member Biography

Edward J. Coleman 

Sessions Office Position District Party
1939-1940       22 Democrat
1941-1942       22 Democrat
1943-1944       22 Democrat
1945-1946       22 Democrat

COUNTIES: Lackawanna  


11/05/1902 - 04/11/1969

Edward J. Coleman (D22) Lackawanna County 1939-1946

Early Life:

Edward J. Coleman, born November 5, 1902, Scranton, Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania; son of John and Ellen Mangan Coleman; Central High School; clerk, railroad dispatcher’s office; Democratic Committeeman; president, Young Men’s Democratic Club, two years; elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania House of Representatives, 1935-1938;  elected, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1939-1946; unsuccessful campaign, mayor, Scranton, 1941; elected, treasurer, Scranton, 1946-1962; supervisor, collection of delinquent accounts, wage tax division, Scranton Tax Office, 1963-1969; died, April 11, 1969, at home, self-inflicted .38 caliber, gunshot wound, right temple, pronounced, Scranton State General Hospital, Scranton, Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania; interment, Cathedral Cemetery, Scranton, Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania Politics:

Elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania House of Representatives, 1935-1938; appointed, Joint Legislative Committee to Revise Anthracite Mine Laws, 1937-1938.

Elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 22nd district, Lackawanna County, 1939-1946; gubernatorial appointee, State World’s Fair Commission, 1939-1940; appointed, Local Government Commission, 1941-1946; chair, Local Government Commission, 1943-1946; appointed, Anthracite Subsidence Commission, 1943-1944; appointed, Joint State Government Commission, 1945-1946; appointed, Commission to Study the School System, 1945-1946; committee assignments, Aeronautics, Congressional Apportionment, County Government, Education, Finance, Mines and Mining, Municipal Government; not a candidate for reelection, 1946. 

Unsuccessful campaign, mayor, Scranton, Howard J. Snowdon, 1941.

Elected, treasurer, Scranton Pennsylvania, 1946-1962. 

Pennsylvania House of Representatives Biography:

Official Website - PA House Archives Official Website (


Cox, Harold "Senate Members "C"Wilkes University Election Statistics ProjectWilkes University.

The Times-Tribune (Scranton, Pennsylvania) Saturday, April 12, 1969, page 3.

Scrantonian Tribune (Scranton, Pennsylvania) Sunday, April 13, 1969, page 26.

Newspaper accounts have interment at Cathedral Cemetery, Scranton, Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania, unable to accurately confirm.