Member Biography

Franklin Spencer Edmonds 

Sessions Office Position District Party
1939-1940       12 Republican
1941-1942       12 Republican
1943-1944       12 Republican
1945-1946       12 Democrat

COUNTIES: Montgomery  


03/28/1874 - 10/29/1945

Franklin Spencer Edmonds (R12) Montgomery County 1939-1945

Early Life:

Franklin Spencer Edmonds, born March 28, 1874, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania; son of Henry R. and Catherine Anne Huntzinger Edmonds; public school education; Philadelphia Central High School, 1891; Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, Ph. B, 1893; Andrew D. White Fellow, Cornell University, 1894-1895; University of Pennsylvania Law School, LL.D., 1903; attorney, 1904-1945; professor of Law, Swarthmore College, 1904-1910; member, Board of Education, Philadelphia, 1906-1911; receiver of taxes, Real Estate Tax Division, Philadelphia, 1907; elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State House of Representatives, 1921-1926, not a candidate for reelection, 1927 term; chair, State Tax Commissioner, 1924-1927; elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1939-1945; married, Elise J. Beitler, sons, David Edmonds, Theodore R. Edmonds; died, October 29, 1945, while in office of the Senate, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania; interment, Saint Thomas Episcopal Church Cemetery, Whitemarsh, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania Politics:

Member, Board of Education, Philadelphia, 1906-1911.

Receiver of taxes, Real Estate Tax Division, Philadelphia, 1907.

Elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State House of Representatives, 1921-1926, not a candidate for reelection, 1927 term. 

Chair, State Tax Commissioner, 1924-1927. 

Elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 12th district, Montgomery County, 1939-1945; appointed, Commission on the Delaware River Basin, 1939-1940; appointed, Commission on Interstate Cooperation, 1939-1940; appointed, chair, Committee to Investigate the Living Conditions of the Colored Race, 1939-1940; appointed, chair, Temporary Commission of the Conditions of the Colored Urban Population, 1941-1942; appointed, Join State Government Commission, 1943-1944; died, while in office of the Senate.

Pennsylvania House of Representatives Biography:

Official Website - PA House Archives Official Website (


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

Franklin Spencer Edmonds (1874-1945) - Find a Grave Memorial