Member Biography

Anthony J. DiSilvestro 

Sessions Office Position District Party
1937-1938       1 Democrat
1939-1940       1 Democrat
1941-1942       1 Democrat
1943-1944       1 Democrat
1945-1946       1 Democrat
1947-1948       1 Democrat
1949-1950       1 Democrat
1951-1952       1 Democrat
1953-1954       1 Democrat
1955-1956       1 Democrat
1957-1958       1 Democrat
1959       1 Democrat
1960       1 Democrat
1961     President Pro Tempore 1 Democrat
1962     President Pro Tempore 1 Democrat
1963       1 Democrat
1964       1 Democrat
1965       1 Democrat
1966       1 Democrat

COUNTIES: Philadelphia  


05/14/1904 - 05/04/1969

Anthony J. DiSilvestro (D1) Philadelphia (Part) County 1937-1966

Early Life:

Anthony J. DiSilvestro, born May 15, 1904, city of Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania; son of Giuseppe and Mary Calfano DiSilvestro: Wilson Public School; Central High schools; Temple School of Pharmacy, 1928; pharmacist, proprietor, 15th and Dickinson Streets, Philadelphia, 1928-1968; Temple School of Law, 1943; attorney; married, Mary Angela Perseo; editor, publisher, Philadelphia-based Italian-American Weekly, La Libera – Parola; elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1936-1966; Senate President Pro Tempore, 1960-1963; died, May 4, 1969 Saint Agnes Hospital, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania; interment, Holy Cross Cemetery Yeadon, Delaware County, Pennsylvania. 

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

Member, Union Abruzze, Lodge Iwo Jima #138; vice president, Order of the Italian Sons and Daughters of America; member, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks; Knights of Columbus, Pennsylvania Association of Retail Druggists; president, Pharmacy Alumni, Temple School of Pharmacy; Temple Award of 1938. 

Pennsylvania Politics:

Elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1st district, Philadelphia (Part) County, 1937-1966; elected, President pro tempore, 1961-1962, enactment, Pennsylvania Fair Employment Practices Act, Fair Educational Opportunities Act, Wage Payment and Collection Act. 

Presided over first session consideration, Project 70 referendum, amending Article IX, Pennsylvania Constitution. Originally unveiled by state forester Doctor Maurice Goddard, 1959, Project 70 called for a $70 million bond issue to enable state acquisition of park, reservoir, other conservation, recreational, and historical lands for preservation purposes, 1962.


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

La Libera Parola (Philadelphia, Pa.) 1918-1969 | Library of Congress (

The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) Tuesday May 6, 1969, Page 22.

Senator A J DiSilvestro (1904-1969) - Find a Grave Memorial