Member Biography

William Henry "Harry" Welsh 

Sessions Office Position District Party
1856       12 Democrat
1857       12 Democrat
1858     Speaker 17 Democrat
1859       17 Democrat
1860       17 Democrat
1861       17 Democrat



02/23/1826 - 12/02/1903

William Henry “Harry” Welsh (D12) York County 1856-1857 (D17) York County 1858-1861

Early Life:

William Henry “Harry” Welsh, born February 23, 1826, York, York County, Pennsylvania; son of Henry  and Margaret Maria Small Welsh; Princeton, 1847; attaché, United States Legation, London, Court of Saint James, private secretary, James Buchanon, 1853-1855; owner, York Gazette, 1856; elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1856-1861; founded, Philadelphia Age, then Philadelphia Times; owner, editor, Baltimore Gazette, 1876-1884; married, Sarah Augusta Wickes, children, William H. Welsh, Joseph W. Welsh, George P. Welsh, daughter, Mrs. Fife; died, December 2, 1903, home, son in law, George Benjamin Fife, 216 West 102nd Street, Upper West Side, New York, New York County, New York; interment, Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, Kings County, New York. Upper West Side, New York, New York County.

Pennsylvania Politics:

Elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 12th district, 1856-1857; Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 17th district, 1858-1861; elected, served, Speaker, 1858; committee assignments, Estates and Escheats, New Counties and County Seats.


First known diplomat whoever appeared at a British royal function in ordinary evening dress, Queens drawing room, May 1854.


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

Lancaster New Era (Lancaster, Pennsylvania) · Friday, December 04, 1903 · Page 1.

Pottsville Republican (Pottsville, Pennsylvania) · Saturday, December 05, 1903 · Page 1.

William Henry Welsh (1826-1903) - Find a Grave Memorial