Member Biography

Philip Swenk Markley 

Sessions Office Position District Party
1819-1820       7 Democrat
1820-1821       7 Democrat
1821-1822     Speaker 7 Democrat
1822-1823       3 Democrat

COUNTIES: Montgomery  


07/02/1789 - 09/12/1834

Philip Swenk Markley (D7) Montgomery County, 1819-1822 (D3) Montgomery County, 1822-1823. 

Early Life:

Philip Swenk Markley, born July 2, 1789, Skippack, near Norristown, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania; son of John and Elizabeth Schwenk Markley; educated in Norristown schools; studied law; admitted, bar, 1810; commenced practice, Norristown, Pennsylvania; deputy State's attorney for Pennsylvania, 1819-1820; elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate 1820-1823, Speaker, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1821; elected, Jackson Republican, United States House of Representatives, Eighteenth Congress, reelected, Adams, United States House of Representatives, Nineteenth Congress, 1823-1827; resumed law practice; appointed naval officer, Philadelphia; appointed, attorney general, Pennsylvania, 1829-1830; married, Anna Helena Amelia Plumstead; died, September 12, 1834, (age 45), apoplexy, representing a client during an arbitration hearing, Spang’s Hotel, Norristown, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania; interment, Saint John's Episcopal Church Cemetery, Norristown, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.

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

Founder, Saint John Episcopal Church, member, church's first vestry.

Pennsylvania Politics:

Deputy State's attorney for Pennsylvania, 1819-1820; resigned, elected, Pennsylvania State Senate.

Elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 7th district, Montgomery County, 1819-1822, chair, Judiciary Committee; Speaker, Pennsylvania State Senate, March 1821; elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 3rd district, Montgomery County, 1822-1823. 

Appointed, naval officer, Philadelphia, President Andrew Jackson, 1826-1829.

Appointed, attorney general, Pennsylvania, Governor John Andrew Shulze, 1829-1830.

Continued Government Service/National Politics:

Elected, Jackson Republican, United States House of Representatives, 5th district, Eighteenth Congress; reelected, Adams, United States House of Representatives Nineteenth Congress, (March 4, 1823-March 3, 1827); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1826, Twentieth Congress. 


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

History of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, volume I, edited Theodore W. Bean (Philadelphia: Everts and Peck, 1884), pages 507-509; Ibid., “Correspondence between distinguished politicians of Montgomery County,” September, 15, 1817; Kehl, Ill Feeling, 199; John Bassett Moore, The Works of James Buchanan, volume I; pages 1813-1830 (New York: Antiquarian Press, 1960), 264; Portrait: Photo edited by Doug Gross, Senate of Pennsylvania, after “Philip Markley, 1824” by Jacob Eichholtz, damaged portrait in possession of the Montgomery County Historical Society.

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Philip Swenk Markley (1789-1834) - Find a Grave Memorial


Congressional Biography

After 4 session(s) serving in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, Philip Swenk Markley  went on to serve in congress