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, son of Patrick and  Bridget Farley; Pennsylvania; 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; Mary E. Talbot Farley, 1899, children, Frank, Richard, 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.


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.