Member Biography

George Wallace Delamater 

Sessions Office Position District Party
1887-1888       50 Republican
1889-1890       50 Republican

COUNTIES: Crawford  


03/31/1849 - 08/07/1907

George Wallace Delamater (R50) Crawford County 1887-1890

Early Life: 

George Wallace Delamater, born March 31, 1849, Meadville, Crawford County, Pennsylvania; son of George Benjamin Delamater and Susan Cowl Towne Delamater; educated, local schools; Allegheny College, 1869; Harvard Law School; admitted bar, lawyer; member, banking, House of Delamater and Company; president, owner, Meadville Fuel Gas Company; married, Mary E McFarland, 1871, children, Susie Louisa Delamater Austin, James Scott Delamater; elected, Republican, Mayor, Meadville, 1876; elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1887-1890; banker; unsuccessful campaign, Pennsylvania Governor, 1890; died, August 7, 1907 self-inflicted gunshot wound, (aged 58), Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania; interment, Greendale Cemetery Meadville, Crawford County, Pennsylvania.

Early Career:

Member, banking, House of Delamater and Company; director, Merchants National Bank; president, owner, Meadville Fuel Gas Company; controlling interest, Meadville and Linesville Railway Company; worked, Prudential Life Insurance. 


Citizenship; Its Privileges and Duties - George Wallace Delamater, 1849.  

Pennsylvania Politics:

Elected, Republican, Mayor, Meadville, 1876.

Elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 50th district, Crawford County, 1887-1890, Committee assignments, Banks, Finance, Judiciary Local and Public Buildings. 

Senatorial delegate, State Convention, 1878. 

Chairman Crawford County Republican Committee, elections 1878 and 1879.

Chosen, James A Garfield, Presidential elector, Pennsylvania, 1880. 

Unsuccessful campaign, Pennsylvania Governor, 1890.


George W. Delamater, convicted, found guilty of embezzlement in his firm's failure October 7, 1892.   

Very despondent about the recent deaths of his father (May 6, 1907) and son at 21, heart ailment (May 21, 1907), self-inflicted gunshot wound in his office, Diamond Banking Building, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania (now known as PNC Bank).

Father, George Benjamin Delameter, Pennsylvania State Senate, 29th district, Crawford and Erie Counties, 1871, Pennsylvania State Senate, 29th district, Crawford County, 1872-1873.

George Benjamin Delameter  - Pennsylvania Senate Library (

Descendant, mothers’ side, synonymous with the Town Family, Salem Massachusetts witch trials; also, descendant from Elder William Brewster, III, Mayflower passenger.


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

Smull’s Legislative Handbook, (1888). Cochran, T.B., (Editor) Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, pages 671, 676-678, Biographical Sketches of Senators, page 642.

The Sentinel (Carlisle, Pennsylvania) Friday October 7, 1892, Page 1.

George Wallace Delamater (1849-1907) - Find a Grave Memorial