Member Biography

Frederick Fraley 

Sessions Office Position District Party
1837-1838       1 Whig
1838-1839       1 Whig
1840       1 Whig


05/28/1804 - 09/23/1901

Frederick Fraley (Whig1) Philadelphia City and Philadelphia County 1837-1840

Early Life:

Frederick Fraley, born May 28, 1804, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania; son of John Urban and Ann Elizabeth Lasky Fraley; engaged, commercial and investment world; by age 16, engaged wholesale hardware business, 1820; age 18, volunteer fireman, 1822; Saint John's College, Fourth and Race Street, Philadelphia; studied law but never applied for the bar; married, Jane Chapman Cresson,  1831, son, Joseph Cresson Fraley; member, Philadelphia City Council, 1834-1837; elected, Whig, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1837-1839; University of Pennsylvania, honorary degree of LL.D., 1880; died, September 23, 1901, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania; interment, Woodlands Cemetery, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania.

Early Career:

Employed, Thomas Cooper’s hardware store, Philadelphia, 1821-1826; founder, treasurer, Franklin Institute, 1824; partner Reeves, Buck and Company, Philadelphia, wholesale hardware firm, 1826-1840; president, Philadelphia Board of Trade, 1833, director, Philadelphia Board of Trade, 1833-1838, secretary, Philadelphia Board of Trade, 1838-1866, executive council, Philadelphia Board of Trade, 1866-1867, vice president, Philadelphia Board of Trade, 1867-1887, president, board directors, Philadelphia Board of Trade, 1887-1901; secretary, American Fire Insurance Company, 1840-1847; member, American Philosophical Society, 1842; directors, Girard College, 1847; president, Schuykill Navigation Company, 1847-1888; trustee, director, University of Pennsylvania, 1853; manager, Western Saving Fund Society, 1858-1878; founding member, Union Club, 1862; organizer, National Board of Trade (Boston) 1868, president, National Board of Trade, 1868-1901; treasurer, Centennial Board of Finance, 1873-1893; promoter, organizer, Philadelphia Centennial Exposition of 1876; president, Western Saving Fund Society, 1878-1901; president, American Philosophical Society, 1880-1901.

Pennsylvania Politics:

Member, Philadelphia City Council, 1834-1837.

Elected, Whig, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1st district, Philadelphia City and Philadelphia County, 1837-1840; chairman, Investigation of the Buckshot War Committee; William B. Reed replaced Frederick Fraley, who resigned prior to the beginning of the session, 1841. 

Delegate, Whig National Convention, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, William Henry Harrison, December 1839.


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

Chamberlain, Joshua Lawrence (1901). University of Philadelphia: Its History, Influence, Equipment and Characteristics. Boston: R. Herndon Company. page 330.

"Frederick Fraley Dead"The New York Times. Philadelphia. September 24, 1901. page 7.

Frederick Fraley (1804-1901) - Find a Grave Memorial