Member Biography

James Delos Emery 

Sessions Office Position District Party
1901-1902       47 Republican
1903-1904       47 Republican

COUNTIES: Mercer, Lawrence  


11/25/1859 - 12/27/1915

James Delos Emery (R47) Lawrence and Mercer Counties 1901-1904

Early Life:

James Delos Emery, born November 25, 1859, Delaware Township, Mercer County Pennsylvania; son of Joseph M. and Nancy J. Smith Emery; married, Belle N. Nowlen Emery, daughter, Evelyn Clare Emery Winter; Edinboro State Normal School (now Pennsylvania Western University, Edinboro), 1880; teacher, Mercer, Butler and Lawrence Counties; read law with Miller and Gordon, admitted, bar, attorney, 1885-1915; elected, District Attorney, Mercer County, 1891-1893; chairman, Republican County Committee, 1893-1895; member, Mercer School Board of Directors, three years; elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State House of Representatives, 1897-1898, not a candidate for reelection, 1898; attorney, board of Poor Directors, Mercer County, 1900; cashier, Farmers and Merchants National Bank, 1901; elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1901-1904; died, December 27, 1915 (age: 56), Mercer, Mercer County, Pennsylvania; interment, Mercer Citizen’s Cemetery, Mercer, Mercer County, Pennsylvania.


“A Digest of the Liquor Laws and Decisions of Pennsylvania” compiled, published, 1899.

Pennsylvania Politics:

Elected, District Attorney, Mercer County, 1891-1893. 

Chairman, Republican County Committee, 1893-1895

Member, Mercer School Board of Directors, three years. 

Elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State House of Representatives, 1897-1898, not a candidate for reelection, 1898. 

Elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 47th district, Lawrence and Mercer Counties, 1901-1904; committee assignments, Agriculture, Appropriations, Centennial Affairs, Finance, Judiciary General, Legislative Apportionment (Chairman), Pensions and Gratuities, Public Grounds and Buildings.

Pennsylvania House of Representatives Biography:

Official Website - PA House Archives Official Website (


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

Smull’s Legislative Handbook, (1904). Cochran, T.B., (Editor) Miller, H.P. (Assistant Editor) Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, pages 1020, 1025-1028, Biographical Sketches of Senators, page 992.

James Delos Emery (1859-1915) - Find a Grave Memorial