Member Biography

William Fred Turner 

Sessions Office Position District Party
1919-1920       41 Republican

COUNTIES: Armstrong, Butler  


04/28/1864 - 06/26/1941

William Fred Turner (R41) Armstrong and Butler Counties

Early Life:

William Fred Turner, born April 28, 1864, Freeport, Armstrong County, Pennsylvania; son of Samuel and Margaret Jane Clark Turner; Freeport public school education; Leech’s Actual Business College, Indiana, Pennsylvania, 1884; engaged, furniture business, S. Turner and Son; vice-president, Farmers National Bank, Freeport, Pennsylvania, 1904; borough auditor, Freeport, 1885- resigned, 1886, as elected, burgess, Freeport; elected, burgess, Freeport; elected, delegate, State Republican Convention, 1891; elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State House of Representatives, 1897-1900, not a candidate for reelection, 1900; elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1919-1920; married, Lida Bricker, daughter, Dorothy Turner Malcolm; died, June 26, 1941 (aged 77), Freeport, Armstrong County, Pennsylvania; interment, Freeport Cemetery, Freeport, Armstrong County, Pennsylvania.

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

Member, Freeport Blue Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons, Consistory and Commandery, Pittsburgh; American Mechanics, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks (BPOE), Eagles, Loyal Order of Moose, Odd Fellows, Shriner. 

Pennsylvania Politics:

Borough auditor, Freeport, 1885- resigned, 1886; elected, burgess, Freeport. 

Elected, delegate, State Republican Convention, 1891. 

Elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State House of Representatives, 1897-1900, not a candidate for reelection, 1900. 

Elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, Special Election, 41st district, Armstrong and Butler Counties, November 5, 1918, served, 1919-1920, filled unexpired term of Honorable J. Frank Graff, deceased; committee assignments, Agriculture, Appropriations, Congressional Apportionment, Federal Relations, Forestry, Library (Chairman), Military Affairs, Pensions and Gratuities, Public Printing, Public Supply of Light, Heat and Water, Railroads.

Pennsylvania State House of Representatives Biography:

Official Website - PA House Archives Official Website (


Cox, Harold Senate Members "T" ( University Election Statistics ProjectWilkes University.

The Pennsylvania Manual, (1919). Miller, H.P., (Compiler). Baker, W.H., (Assistant Compiler). Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, pages 1266, 1279, Biographical Sketches of Senators, page 1246

William Fred Turner (1864-1941) - Find a Grave Memorial