Member Biography

William Drury 

Sessions Office Position District Party
1901-1902       21 Republican
1903-1904       21 Republican

COUNTIES: Luzerne  


1845 - 03/14/1913

William Drury (R21) Luzerne (Part) County 1901-1904

Early Life:

William Drury, born 1845, Bristol, Bristol Unitary Authority, Bristol, England; son of George and Ann Brown Drury; common school education; worked on a farm and at other work until seventeen years of age; then went to London and was employed in a large dry goods house; married Sarah Davis, 1869, children, Sarah, William, George, Hannah, John and Annie; emigrated, South Wales, 1871, settled in Pittston, Pennsylvania, entered the employ of J. L. Morgan, with whom he remained until April 1, 1885, to start in business for himself, has one of the largest grocery stores in Northern Pennsylvania; identified himself with the Republican party, but never took an active part in politics until June, 1900, when he was nominated for State Senator; elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1901-1904; president,  director, Union Savings and Trust Company, Pittston; died, March 14, 1913 (aged 67–68), sudden, unexpected death, running to catch a streetcar, Laurel Line Station, Scranton, Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania; interment, Pittston City Cemetery, Pittston, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania.

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

Member, Saint John's Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons, Knights of Pythias Falling Spring Lodge, Knight of the Order of St Gregory the Great, Keystone Lodge No. 4, Royal Arch Pittston Division, Knights of the Golden Circle Anthracite Commandery; member, Methodist Episcopal Church, Young Men’s Christian Association.

Pennsylvania Politics:

Elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 21st district, Luzerne (Part) County, 1901-1904; committee assignments, Centennial Affairs, Federal Relations, Library, (Chairman), Pensions and Gratuities, Military Affairs.


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

Smull’s Legislative Handbook, (1904). Cochran, T.B., (Editor) Miller, H.P. (Assistant Editor) Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, pages 1019, 1025-1028, Biographical Sketches of Senators, page 992.

The Times Leader (Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania) · Wednesday, March 19, 1913 · Page 26.

The Times Leader (Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania) · Saturday, March 15, 1913 · Page 6.

History of Luzerne County Pennsylvania, H. C. Bradsby, Editor, S. B. Nelson and Company, Publishers, 1893.

William Drury (1845-1913) - Find a Grave Memorial