Member Biography

Thomas Daniel Danner 

Sessions Office Position District Party
1903-1904       18 Democrat
1905-1906       18 Democrat

COUNTIES: Northampton  


09/05/1851 - 09/19/1929

Thomas Daniel Danner (D18) Northampton County 1903-1906

Early Life:

Thomas Daniel Danner, born September 5, 1851, Moore Township, Northampton County, Pennsylvania; son of John Adam and Mary Ann Graver Danner; public school education; Weaversville Academy, Kutztown State Normal School; University of Michigan Law School, 1879; admitted, Michigan Bar, 1879; teacher, Northampton County school system, school director, Coplay, Lehigh County; admitted, Northampton County bar association, 1890; appointed, Solicitor, Board of Inspectors, Northampton County Prison, 1892-1904; Solicitor, city of Easton, 1898-1902; elected, chair, Northampton County Democratic Committee, 1901-1904;  elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1903-1906; resumed, law practice; married Sarah Alice Howell, John Howell Danner, Harriet Danner Ritter; died, September 19, 1929 (78 years, 0 months, and 14 days), died of (primary) aortic regurgitation and (secondary) liver cancer in Easton, Northampton County, Pennsylvania; Fairview Cemetery, Northampton, Northampton County, Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania Politics:

Appointed, Solicitor, Board of Inspectors, Northampton County Prison, 1892-1904.

Solicitor, city of Easton, 1898-1902. 

Elected, chair, Northampton County Democratic Committee, 1901-1904. 

Elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 18th district, Northampton County, 1903-1906; standing committee assignments, Senate of Pennsylvania, extraordinary and regular session, 1906, Congressional Apportionment, Exposition Affairs, Finance, Judiciary General, Mines and Mining, New Counties and County Seats. 

Extraordinary session, legislation accomplished by the Senate, 1906, personal registration law, direct primary legislation, enacted; up until this legislation candidates were chosen at conventions.

Clerk, Orphan’s Court, Northampton County, 1927-1929.


Cox, Harold.  "House Members D"Wilkes University Election Statistics Project. Wilkes University.

Smull’s Legislative Handbook, (1906). Cochran, T.B., (Editor) Miller, H.P. (Assistant Editor) Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, pages 823, 829-834, Biographical Sketches of Senators, page 804.

Thomas D Danner (1851-1929) - Find a Grave Memorial