Member Biography

Homer James Humes 

Sessions Office Position District Party
1883-1884       50 Democrat
1885-1886       50 Democrat

COUNTIES: Crawford  


09/29/1844 - 07/08/1906

Homer James Humes (D50) Crawford County 1883-1886 

Early Life:

Homer James Humes, born September 29, 1844, farm, Woodcock, Crawford County, Pennsylvania; Waterford Academy; Edinboro Schools; Allegheny College, 1869; studied law, admitted to practice, Crawford County bar, 1871; engaged, at present in practice, attorney-at-law; married, Delia F. Lowry, 1874, (d.1905), son, E. Lowry Humes; chairman, Democratic Crawford County Committee, 1873-1874; elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1883-1886; renominated, unsuccessful campaign Pennsylvania State Senate, 1886; resumed the practice of his profession; died, July 8, 1906 (aged 60), was thrown from a horse sustained a fracture of his right leg below the knee, thought to be doing nicely, when heart failure developed, death relieved his suffering, Meadville City Hospital, Meadville, Crawford County, Pennsylvania; interment Greendale Cemetery, Meadville, Crawford County, Pennsylvania. 

Early Career:

At four years of age, he was left fatherless by a stroke of lightning. At age nine, he went to live with an uncle, George Doctor of Cambridge Township. Waterford Academy; Edinboro Schools; Allegheny College, 1869. Entered the law office of W.R. Bole as a student, admitted, bar, 1871.

Pennsylvania Politics: 

Chairman, Democratic Crawford County Committee, 1873-1874. 

Elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 50th district, Crawford County, defeated, Honorable A.B. Richmond; committee assignments, Accounts, Judiciary (Local), Library, New Counties and County Seats, Pensions and Gratuities, Vice and Immorality; renominated, unsuccessful campaign, Pennsylvania State Senate, 50th district, Crawford County, defeated by George Washington Delamater, 1886.


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

Smull’s Legislative Handbook, (1885). Smull, W.P., (Editor) Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, pages 844, 849-851, Biographical Sketches of Senators, page 810.

Titusville Herald (Titusville, Pennsylvania) Monday July 9, 1906, page 1.

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