Member Biography

John Edgar Fox 

Sessions Office Position District Party
1901-1902       15 Republican
1903-1904       15 Republican
1905-1906       15 Republican
1907-1908       15 Republican
1909-1910       15 Republican
1911-1912       15 Republican

COUNTIES: Dauphin  


11/27/1862 - 07/06/1942

Judge John Edgar Fox (R15) Dauphin County 1901-1912

Early Life:

Judge John Edgar Fox, born November 27, 1860, Hummelstown, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania; son of Thomas George and Diana Hershey Fox; local school education; Lafayette College, Easton, Pennsylvania, 1885, Master of Arts, 1887; elected trustee, Lafayette College; teacher, two years; studied law, Weiss and Gilbert, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; admitted, Dauphin County bar, 1888, continued to practice his profession; delegate, Minneapolis Republican National Convention, 1892; engaged, banking, Charles A. and Samuel Kunkel; elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1901-1912; married, Rachel Beverlina Kunkel, 1907, children, Charles Kunkel Fox, Virginia Fox Uihlein, Mary Elizabeth Fox, John Edgar Fox, George Beatty Fox; law partnership, John R. Geyer; appointed, Judge of Dauphin County, 1921-1942; died, July 6, 1942 (aged 81), Harrisburg Hospital, Harrisburg, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania; interment, Hummelstown Cemetery, Hummelstown, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania. 

Early Career:

Engaged, banking, Charles A. and Samuel Kunkel; director, Mechanics' Bank of Harrisburg, director, Harrisburg Trust Company, director, Pennsylvania Telephone Company, Bell Telephone Company of Pennsylvania; e was a member of the Harrisburg Board of Trade and later the Chamber of Commerce. 

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

Member, county, state and national bar associations; member, Union League Club of New York City, University Club of Philadelphia, Harrisburg Club, Anglenet Fishing Club, Country Club of Harrisburg.

Pennsylvania Politics:

Delegate, Minneapolis Republican National Convention, 1892

Elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 15thd district, Dauphin County, 1901-1912; author of the legislative bill passed, 1901 appropriating $4,000,000 for the new Capitol building; was of counsel for the State, selected by the Attorney -General, to assist in the trial of the suits recommended by the Capitol Investigation Commission. Instrumental in the passage of the park extension bill, through which twenty-eight acres were added to Capitol Park. Committee assignments, Appropriations, Corporations, Judiciary General, Judiciary Special (Chairman), Law and Order, Public Grounds and Buildings.

Appointed, Governor William Cameron Sproul, Judge of Dauphin County, 1921- January 5, 1942.


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

The Pennsylvania Manual, (1912). Miller, H.P., (Compiler). Baker, W.H., (Assistant Compiler). Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, pages 1003, 1010-1013, Biographical Sketches of Senators, page 981.

The Evening News (Harrisburg, Pennsylvania) · Monday, July 27, 1942, · Page 1.

John Edgar Fox (1860-1942) - Find a Grave Memorial