Member Biography

Douglas Hemphill Elliott 

Sessions Office Position District Party
1957-1958       33 Republican
1959       33 Republican
1960       33 Republican

COUNTIES: Adams, Franklin  


06/03/1921 - 06/19/1960

Douglas Hemphill Elliott (R33) Adams and Franklin Counties 1957-1960

Early Life:

Douglas Hemphill Elliott, born June 3, 1921, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania; public school, education, Philadelphia; Haverford School, 1938; University of Virginia at Charlottesville, 1938-1940; chief petty officer, United States Navy, 1941-1945; worked for insurance companies, 1945-1952; director of public relations, Franklin Institute, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1950-1952; vice president, Wilson College, Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, 1952-1960; elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1957- resigned, May 1960; elected, Republican, United States Representative, Pennsylvania 18th District, 1960; died, in office, June 19, 1960 (age 39 years, 16 days) killed himself by draping a deer skin over his head and the tail pipe of a car, to produce carbon monoxide poisoning, Horse Valley, Franklin County, Pennsylvania; interment, Falling Spring Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Chambersburg, Franklin County, Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania Politics:

Elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1957- resigned, May 4, 1960.  

Continued Government Service/National Politics:

Elected, Republican, United States Representative, Pennsylvania 18th district, special election, vacancy, death of Richard M. Simpson, 1960.


Pennsylvania State Legislature: Members, Districts and Party Affiliations by Session, 1790 - 2004. Wiles University. Cox, Harold. "Pennsylvania Senate- 1959–1960" (PDF).

Congressional Biography

After 3 session(s) serving in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, Douglas Hemphill Elliott  went on to serve in congress