Member Biography

John J. Coyle 

Sessions Office Position District Party
1895-1896       30 Republican
1897-1898       30 Republican

COUNTIES: Schuylkill  


11/10/1863 - 09/04/1933

John J. Coyle (R30) Schuylkill (Part) County 1895-1898    

Early Life:

John J. Coyle, born November 10, 1863, East Norwegian Township, Pottsville, Pennsylvania; son of Philip and Julia Duffy Coyle; public school education; teacher, Mahanoy Township, Schuylkill, County, Foster Township, Luzerne County, 1879-1885; married, Mary Groody, 1885, children, Margaret Mary Coyle, Julia Marie Coyle Town; bookkeeper; fire and life insurance business, Mahanoy City, 1888; justice of the peace, Mahanoy City, 1889-1892; elected, delegate, proposed Constitutional Convention, 1891; elected, Republican, Pennsylvania House of Representatives, 1893-1894; elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1895-1898; founder and president; American Catholic Union; appointed, assistant commissioner, United States Salmon Fisheries, Alaska Territory, Department of Commerce and Labor, 1902-1904; elected, delegate, Republican National Convention, 1904; elected, member, Republican National Committee, 1904-1908; president, Penn Mutual Life Insurance Company; president, Interstate Railroad and Steamship Agents’ Association; president, Keystone Mining Company, chair, executive committee, New Jersey Rapid Transit Company; chair, executive committee, Electric Light and Power Company of Sea Isle City; unsuccessful campaign, United States Congress, 1922; died, September 4, 1933, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania; interment, Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Cheltenham Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.

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

Strong affiliation, Roman Catholic Church, appointed, Private Chamberlain, His Holiness Pope XV; reappointed by Pius XI to the same position, Private Chamberlain, decorated with the Cross of Church and State, “and made Knight Commander of the Order of Sir Gregory.”

Pennsylvania Politics:

Appointed, justice of the peace, First ward, borough, Mahanoy City, Pennsylvania, 1889, Governor James A. Beaver; elected, same position, justice of the peace, First ward, borough, Mahanoy City, Pennsylvania 1890-1892. 

Elected, Republican, Pennsylvania House of Representatives, 1893-1894. 

Elected, delegate, proposed Constitutional Convention, Thirtieth Senatorial District, Pennsylvania, 1891. 

Elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 30th district, Schuylkill (Part) County, 1895-1898; committee assignments, Appropriations, Banks and Building and Loan Associations, Centennial Affairs, Insurance, Judicial Apportionment, (Chairman), Library, Mines and Mining.

Continued Government Service/National Politics:

Appointed, President Theodore Roosevelt, assistant commissioner, United States Salmon Fisheries, Alaska Territory, Department of Commerce and Labor, 1902-1904. 

Pennsylvania House of Representatives Biography:

Official Website - PA House Archives Official Website (


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

Smull’s Legislative Handbook, Cochran, T.B., (Editor) Miller, H.P. (Assistant Editor) (1898) Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, pages 1163, 1169-1171, Biographical Sketches of Senators, page 1135-1136.

John J Coyle (1863-1933) - Find a Grave Memorial