Member Biography

Arthur Donaldson Markley 

Sessions Office Position District Party
1891-1892       12 Democrat
1893-1894       12 Democrat

COUNTIES: Montgomery  


04/28/1832 - 04/19/1896

Doctor Arthur Donaldson Markley (D12) Montgomery County 1891-1894 

Early Life: 

Doctor Arthur Donaldson Markley, born April 28, 1832, Columbia, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania; son of Doctor Jacob F. Markley; public school education; Captain Alden Partridge’s Military Academy, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; University of Pennsylvania, 1857, medicine; acting assistant surgeon, United States Navy, Civil War, 1861-1862; clerk, drugstore; private physician; elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania House of Representatives, 1864-1866; internal revenue collector, sixth district, Montgomery County, 1868-1869; president, Perkiomen Railroad; elected, council, Norristown; staff physician, Bellevue Hospital, New York City; postmaster, United States Postal Service, Hatboro, 1886-1888; elected, burgess, Hatboro; proprietor, Stony Creek Paper Mill; elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1891-1894; died, April 19, 1896 (age 63), near Hatboro, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania; interment, Hatboro Cemetery, Hatboro, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.

Early Career:

Acting assistant surgeon, United States Navy Civil War, 1861-1862.  

Clerk, drugstore; private physician; president, Perkiomen Railroad; staff physician, Bellevue Hospital, New York City; proprietor, Stony Creek Paper Mill. 

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

Member, Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States; William Kirk Bray Lodge No. 410; Hutchinson Commandery, Norristown, Pennsylvania No. 32 Masonic Knights Templar; 32nd degree, Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, The Valley of Philadelphia; Quaker City Lodge No 116 Ancient Order of United Workmen; First Lieutenant John Harvey Fisher Post, Grand Army of the Republic. Vice president, Montgomery County Historical Society

Pennsylvania Politics: 

Elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania House of Representatives, 1864-1866; not a candidate for reelection, 1867.  

Internal revenue collector, President Andrew Johnson sixth district, Montgomery County, 1868-1869. 

Elected, council, Norristown.  

Postmaster, United States Postal Service, Hatboro, 1886-1888. 

Elected, burgess, Hatboro.  

Elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 12th district, Montgomery County, 1891-1894; Committee assignments, Agriculture, Library, Military Affairs, Mine and Mining Pension and Gratuities, Public Health and Sanitation and Vice and Immorality.   

Pennsylvania House of Representatives Biography:

Official Website - PA House Archives Official Website ( 


Married, November 10, 1859, Miss Juliet, daughter of Abraham P. Eyre, Esquire, of Philadelphia, the marriage ceremony being performed by Rev. Robert H. Pattison, father of the present Governor of Pennsylvania. She died October 9, 1880, and was buried in the Hatboro’ Cemetery. His second wife was Miss Hannah Jarrett, eldest daughter of Abel Penrose, Esquire, proprietor of Graeme Park Farm, Horsham township, Montgomery Co., Pa. This marriage occurred November 16, 1882, in presence of ex-Mayor King, of Philadelphia, and was performed by Friends’ ceremony. He had by his first wife two sons, Paul H., who graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1882, and located in Hatboro’, where he has a large practice; Edwin, his youngest son, is in 1885 in the employ of the Philadelphia and Reading Railroad. The issue from the second marriage is one son and one daughter.


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

Smull’s Legislative Handbook, (1893). Cochran, T.B., (Editor) Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, pages 809, 815-817, Biographical Sketches of Senators, page 778.

The Philadelphia Times (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) Monday April 20, 1896, Page 2

Theodore W. Bean, editor, History of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania (Philadelphia: Everts and Peck, 1884).

Dr Arthur D Markley (1832-1896) - Find a Grave Memorial