Member Biography

Ellwood Becker 

Sessions Office Position District Party
1891-1892       2 Republican
1893-1894       2 Republican
1895-1896       2 Republican
1897-1898       2 Republican

COUNTIES: Philadelphia  


07/20/1853 - 01/21/1903

Ellwood Becker (R2) Philadelphia (Part) County 1891-1898

Early Life:

Ellwood Becker, born July 20, 1853, city of Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania; son of Frederick and Hermina Becker; public schools, Park Avenue Grammar School; engaged, real estate business; director, board of Merchants Title and Trust Company, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; delegate, Republican State Convention, 1890; elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1891-1898; appointed, United States Port Shipping Commissioner, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1900; died, January 21, 1903 (age 49 years, 189 days), pneumonia, city of Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania; interment, West Laurel Hill Cemetery, Bala Cynwyd, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.

Early Career:

Engaged, real estate business, establishing a successful rental property operation, over 600 houses.

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

Member, Washington Lodge of Masons.

Pennsylvania Politics:

Elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 2nd district, Philadelphia (Part) County, 1891-1898; committee assignments, Appropriations, Banks and Building and Loan Associations, Education, Elections, Judicial Apportionment, Mines and Mining, Municipal Affairs. 

Appointed, United States Port Shipping Commissioner, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1900.


First Republican represent 2nd senatorial district. 

Honorary pall bearers, United Senators Matthew S. Quay and Boise Penrose, Insurance Commissioners Israel Durham, also a former Pennsylvania State Senator. 


Cox, Harold. "Senate Members B"Wilkes University Election Statistics ProjectWilkes University.

Smull’s Legislative Handbook, Cochran, T.B., (Editor) Miller, H.P. (Assistant Editor) (1898) Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, pages 1164, 1169-1171, Biographical Sketches of Senators, page 1136.

Ellwood Becker (1853-1903) - Find a Grave Memorial