Member Biography

Theodore Morris Kurtz Sr.


Photo: 1913-1914 Senate Composite, PSA; Bio. Vol. II, Hist of Jeff Co,p. 81


Sessions Office Position District Party
1909-1910       37 Republican
1911-1912       37 Republican
1913-1914       37 Republican
1915-1916       37 Republican

COUNTIES: Indiana, Jefferson  


02/27/1868 - 12/31/1945

Theodore Morris Kurtz, Sr. (R37) Indiana and Jefferson Counties 1909-1916

Early Life:

Theodore Morris Kurtz, Sr., born February 27, 1868, Young Township, Punxsutawney, Jefferson County, Pennsylvania; son of Doctor George Michael and Salome Hartzfelt Kurtz; Jefferson County public school education; Waynesburg College (now Waynesburg University); engaged, flour and feed business, Punxsutawney; purchased, Punxsutawney Spirit, 1892; shared an interest, McKnight Coal Company, Cambria Smokeless Coal Company; member, Punxsutawney Board of Trade; director, vice president, Punxsutawney National Bank; Burgess of Punxsutawney, 1897; chairman, Jefferson County Republican Committee, four terms; delegate, state nominating convention, 1898; elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1909-1916; married, Alice Maud “Maud” Rowan Kurtz, children, Leone G Kurtz Lossman, Helen A Kurtz Kelso, Geraldine Kurtz Straitiff, Theodore M. Kurtz, Jr., George Harvey Kurtz; Donald F Kurtz;  died, December 31, 1945 (aged 77), Punxsutawney, Jefferson County, Pennsylvania; interment, Circle Hill Cemetery, Punxsutawney, Jefferson County, Pennsylvania. 

Pennsylvania Politics: 

Elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 37th district, Indiana and Jefferson Counties, 1909-1916; committee assignments, Appropriations, Corporations, Judiciary Special, Public Health and Sanitation, Public Roads and Highways, (Chairman), Railroads.


T. M. Kurtz House, also known as the Pennsylvania Memorial Home, added, National Register of Historic Places, 1988.


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

The Pennsylvania Manual, (1916). Miller, H.P., (Compiler). Baker, W.H., (Assistant Compiler). Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, pages 1116, 1123-1126, Biographical Sketches of Senators, page 1095.

Theodore Morris Kurtz Sr. (1868-1945) - Find a Grave Memorial