Member Biography

William Henry Berkelbach Sr.

Sessions Office Position District Party
1901-1902       5 Republican
1903-1904       5 Republican

COUNTIES: Philadelphia  


09/11/1850 - 12/22/1915

William Henry Berkelbach Sr. (R5) Philadelphia (Part) County 1901-1904

Early Life:

William Henry Berkelbach Sr., born September 11, 1850, Gwynedd Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania; son of David and Anna Sofia Uber Berkelbach; public school education; appointed, Inspector, United States Customs, Port of Philadelphia, 1879-1885; pass a civil service examination, Inspector of Streets, Philadelphia, 1886-1900; elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1901-1904; married, Julia Hartnack Berkelbach, son, Henry Berkelbach Jr.; died, December 22, 1915 (aged 65), Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania; originally interment,  Monument Cemetery (defunct), Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, reinterment, Lawnview Cemetery, Rockledge, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, 1956. 

Pennsylvania Politics:

Appointed, Inspector, United States Customs, Port of Philadelphia, 1879-1885. 

Pass a civil service examination, Inspector of Streets, Philadelphia, 1886-1900. 

Elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 5th district, Philadelphia (Part) County, 1901-1904; committee assignments, Insurance (Chairman), Legislative Apportionment, New Counties and County Seats, Public Printing, Public Supply of Light, Heat and Water. 


Cox, Harold. "Senate Members B"Wilkes University Election Statistics ProjectWilkes University.

Smull’s Legislative Handbook, (1904). Cochran, T.B., (Editor) Miller, H.P. (Assistant Editor) Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, pages 1019, 1025-1028, Biographical Sketches of Senators, page 991. Smull's Legislative Hand Book and Manual of the State of Pennsylvania - Google Books

The Pennsylvania Federation of Historical Societies, Acts and Proceedings: Eleventh Annual Meeting, January 20, 1916, p. 93

William Henry Berkelbach Sr. (1850-1915) - Find a Grave Memorial