Member Biography

John Stuchell Fisher 

Sessions Office Position District Party
1901-1902       37 Republican
1903-1904       37 Republican
1905-1906       37 Republican
1907-1908       37 Republican

COUNTIES: Indiana, Jefferson  


05/25/1867 - 06/25/1940

John Stuchell Fisher (R37) Indiana and Jefferson Counties 1901-1908

Early Life:

John Stuchell Fisher, born May 25, 1867, two miles north of Plumville, South Mahoning Township, Indiana County, Pennsylvania; son of Samuel Royer and Maria Louise McGaughey Fisher; Indiana High School, 1884; Indiana State Normal School (now Indiana University of Pennsylvania), 1886; unsuccessful bid, superintendent of Indiana County schools, 1888; teacher; principal, for schools, Plumville and Indiana Pennsylvania; studied law, admitted, Pennsylvania, Indiana County, bar associations, 1893; formed a partnership with his preceptor, Samuel Cunningham, Cunningham and Fisher, Indiana County; chairman, Indiana County Republicans, 1896; elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1901-1908; chairman, Commission on Constitutional Revision; cabinet, Governor William Cameron Sproul, State Commissioner of Banking, 1919-1922; elected, Republican, Governor, Pennsylvania, 1927-1931; married, Karen Happuch “Hapsie” Miller Fisher, 1893 (d.1922), children, Robert Miller Fisher, Charlotte Fisher, Mary Fisher Brown, John Royer Fisher; died, June 25, 1940 (aged 73), Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania; interment, Greenwood Cemetery, Indiana, Indiana County, Pennsylvania.

Early Career: 

Studied law, United States Congressman and attorney Alexander W. Taylor.

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

Vice president, board of trustees, Indiana Normal School (later renamed Indiana State College and then Indiana University of Pennsylvania); founder, lifetime, board member, president, Indiana Savings and Trust Company; helped found the town of Clymer as a community for miners; president, Dixon Run Land Company; lots were sold to the Pennsylvania Coal and Coke Corporation; owner founder, president, Clymer Brick and Fire Clay Company; vice president, Indiana Hospital; general counsel, New York Central Railroad; vice president, Clearfield Bituminous Coal Corporation; presidencies of Beech Creek and Beech Creek Extension Railroads, subsidiaries of the New York Central Railroad; director, Juniata Public Service [electric] Company. President, Pennsylvania Society, Sons of the Revolution. 

Pennsylvania Politics:

Elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 37th district, Indiana and Jefferson Counties, 1901-1908; committee assignments, Appropriations, City Passenger Railways, Elections, Finance, Judiciary General (Chairman), New Counties and County Seats; Jefferson and Indiana Counties shared a political custom of limiting their local senators to just two terms, which the senator honored. 

Appointed, chairman, investigative committee, included forty-eight hearings, 289 exhibits, 189 witnesses, and four thousand pages of testimony, presented Governor Edwin Stuart, report that lead to indictments for fraud. 

Elected, Republican, 29th Governor, Pennsylvania, 1927-1931; defeated, Philadelphia Judge Eugene C. Bonniwell; fiscal policy, public works, conservation, and initiating the use of voting machines as a deterrent to voter fraud; formed, Securities Commission under the Department of Banking; Department of Revenue was established; built the State Farm Show Building, Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Bridge, Harrisburg; nicknamed "The Builder"; during his administration nearly 500,000 acres were added to Pennsylvania's state forests. 


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

The Pennsylvania Manual, (1908). Miller, H.P., (Compiler). Baker, W.H., (Assistant Compiler). Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, pages 909, 915-917, Biographical Sketches of Senators, page 887. 

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John Stuchell Fisher (1867-1940) - Find a Grave Memorial