Member Biography

Owen Blair Jenkins 

Sessions Office Position District Party
1915-1916       6 Republican
1917-1918       6 Republican

COUNTIES: Philadelphia  


02/19/1862 - 07/18/1925

Owen Blair Jenkins (R6) Philadelphia (Part) County 1915-1918

Early Life:

Owen Blair Jenkins, born February 19, 1862, Lansdale, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania; son of John S. and Sallie Jane Evans Jenkins; Lansdale public school education; Lewisburg Academy; Bucknell University; studied law, admitted, Philadelphia Bar, 1885; Germantown law practice; elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1915-1918; resumed, Germantown law practice; Assistant Philadelphia City Solicitor; Solicitor of Registration Commissioners, Philadelphia; counsel, Philadelphia Sheriff Harry Clay Ransley; Assistant Philadelphia City Solicitor; married, Mary C. Phillips, 1886; died, July 18, 1925, (age 63), home, Germantown Neighborhood, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania interment, Longwood Cemetery, Kennett Square, Chester County, Pennsylvania.

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

Member, Browning Society, Welsh Society, Germantown Site and Relic Society, Germantown Republican Club, Girard Trust Fund, Germantown Royal Arch Chapter No. 208 Free and Accepted Masons; Germantown Commandry No. 82 Knights Templar. President, board of trustees, Germantown Unitarian Church. Member, Sons of Revolution. 

Pennsylvania Politics:

Elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 6th district, Philadelphia (Part) County, 1915-1918; committee assignments, City Passenger Railways (Chairman); Judicial Apportionment, Judiciary General, Legislative Apportionment, New Counties and County Seats, Public Supply of Light, Heat and Water, Railroads; unsuccessful reelection, defeated, George Woodward. 

Assistant Philadelphia City Solicitor under James Alcorn.

Solicitor of Registration Commissioners, Philadelphia. 

Counsel, Philadelphia Sheriff Harry Clay Ransley. 

Assistant Philadelphia City Solicitor under Joseph P. Gaffney.


Descended mothers’ side, Continental patriot, Judge Peter Evans. One of three commissioners to collect supplies for Washington Army at Valley Forge, who subsequently created a Judge of Common Pleas Court by act of the legislature.

Grandfather, John Jenkins, Lieutenant, fourth battalion Militia of Philadelphia, Continental Army. 


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

The Pennsylvania Manual, (1918). Miller, H.P., (Compiler). Baker, W.H., (Assistant Compiler). Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, pages 1084, 1096, Biographical Sketches of Senators, page 1062.

The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) Saturday, July 18, 1925, page 7.

The Morning Call (Allentown, Pennsylvania) Saturday, July 18, 1925, page 7.

Owen Blair Jenkins (1862-1925) - Find a Grave Memorial