Member Biography

Ivan Dana Kahle 

Sessions Office Position District Party
1935-1936       26 Democrat
1937-1938       26 Democrat


08/08/1875 - 01/01/1959

Doctor Ivan Dana Kahle (D26) Cameron, Clarion, Clinton, Elk, Forest Counties 1935-1938

Early Life:

Doctor Ivan Dana Kahle, born August 8, 1875, Pine City, Elk Township, Clarion County, Pennsylvania; son of Levi Wesley and Chloe C. Wood Kahle; public school education; Clarion State Normal School (now Pennsylvania Western University, Clarion); married, Margie Boyer, 1897, children, Kathleen, Standish C.; teacher Elk, Washington and Ashland townships, six years; engaged, merchandising, Pine City, two years; College of Physicians and Surgeons, Baltimore, Maryland, (now University of Maryland School of Medicine), (M. D.), 1905; received, license, practice, Pennsylvania State Board, 1905; opened private practice, Wick, West Virginia, 1905-1908, relocating his practice, Knox, Pennsylvania; surgeon, Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Company, 1908-1959; elected, council, Knox Borough; elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State House of Representatives, 1927-1932; not a candidate for reelection, 1933; elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1935-1938; elected, delegate, Democratic National Convention, 1939; died, January 1, 1959 (aged 83), Knox, Clarion County, Pennsylvania; interment, Knox Union Cemetery, Knox, Clarion County, Pennsylvania. 

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

Member, Clarion County Medical Association, Pennsylvania State Medical Society. Member, visiting staff, Oil City Hospital; member, Methodist Church; Independent Order of Odd Fellows; Edenburg Lodge No. 550, Free and Accepted Masons.

Pennsylvania Politics:

Elected, council, Knox Borough.  

Elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State House of Representatives, 1927-1932; not a candidate for reelection, 1933. 

Elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 26th district, Cameron, Clarion, Clinton, Elk, Forest Counties, 1935-1938. 

Elected, delegate, Democratic National Convention, Chicago, Illinois, 1939, nominated, Franklin D. Roosevelt, third term as president.

Continued Government Service/National Politics:

Elected, Tyler County, West Virginia, democrat delegate, Charlestown, West Virginia State Convention, nominate the governor, 1908.

Pennsylvania House of Representatives Biography:

Official Website - PA House Archives Official Website (


Delivered more than 6,000 babies during his 55 years of medical service.


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

Dr Ivan Dana Kahle (1875-1959) - Find a Grave Memorial