Member Biography

Richard V. Farley 


Portrait: Pa. State Archives

Sessions Office Position District Party
1913-1914       5 Democrat
1915-1916       5 Democrat

COUNTIES: Philadelphia  


02/11/1873 - 03/16/1941

Richard V. Farley (D5) Philadelphia (Part) County 1913-1916

Early Life:

Richard V. Farley, born February 11, 1873, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania; son of Patrick and  Bridget Farley; public school education; printer’s apprentice, 1886; evening classes, Central High School; member, Typographical Union No. 2, law committee; vice president, delegate, International Typographical Union, two terms, 1912; member, Democratic City Committee; Nineteenth Sectional School Board, three terms; elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1913-1916; married, Mary E. Talbot Farley, 1899, children, Frank Farley, Richard Farley, Marian, Ann, Rose, Elizabeth; investigator, Board of Revision of Taxes; died, March 16, 1941, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania; interment, Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Cheltenham Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. 

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

President, Ancient Order Hibernians Division No. 52; treasurer, Shelocta Tribe, No. 368, Improved Order of Red Men; founder, Court Prosperity, No. 176, Free and Accepted Masons; member, Total Abstinence Society. 

Pennsylvania Politics:

Elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 5th district, Philadelphia (Part) County, 1913-1916; committee assignments, Elections, Insurance, Library, Municipal Affairs, Public Health and Sanitation, Public Printing.


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

The Pennsylvania Manual, (1916). Miller, H.P., (Compiler). Baker, W.H., (Assistant Compiler). Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, pages 1116, 1123-1126, Biographical Sketches of Senators, page 1128.

The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) Tuesday, March 18, 1941, page 20.

Richard V. Farley (1873-1941) - Find a Grave Memorial