Member Biography

John F. Budke 


Washington County Historical Society

Sessions Office Position District Party
1899-1900       46 Republican
1901-1902       46 Republican

COUNTIES: Beaver, Washington  


11/21/1852 - 06/03/1914

John F. Budke (R46) Beaver and Washington Counties 1899-1902

Early Life:

John F. Budke, born November 21 , 1852, Wheeling, Ohio County, West Virginia; son of William A. and Sophia Deidrich Budke; common school education; principal occupation the rolling mill business, manufacturing fine grades of sheet iron and steel; organized, Budke Manufacturing Company, for the manufacture of sheet iron specialties, 1874; connected with the mills of Kirkpatrick, Beale and Company, Leechburg, Pennsylvania; moved, with the Budke Manufacturing Company, Canonsburg , Pennsylvania, 1884; management, member board of directors, Canonsburg Iron and Steel Company; one of the original promoters of the Manufacturers Natural Gas Company, Canonsburg Light and Fuel Company, Canonsburg Iron and Steel Company; president, Elk Park Mining and Milling Company, Denver, Colorado; vice president, Speer Box and Lumber Company, of Pittsburgh, operating in Pennsylvania and Alabama; member of the Board of Managers, Pennsylvania Reform School, President, Canonsburg School Board; member, Washington County committee, two terms; twice elected delegate, Republican State conventions; elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, November, 1899-1902; married, Mary H. Harrison, children, Frank William Budke, Bernice Budke McCurdy, Earl Harrison Budke; died, June 3, 1914 (aged 62); interment, Oak Spring Cemetery, Canonsburg, Washington County, Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania Politics:

Elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 46th district, Beaver and Washington Counties, elected, November7, 1899, vacancy, death, July 18, 1899, of Senator elect Alexander L. Hawkins; 1899-1902.


Smull’s Legislative Handbook, Cochran, (1900) T.B., (Editor) Miller, H.P. (Assistant Editor) Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, page 1187, Biographical Sketches of Senators, page 1158.

20th Century History of the City of Washington and Washington County, Pennsylvania and Representative Citizens; Joseph F. McFarland, Chicago, Ill., Richmond-Arnold Publishing Company, 1910, pages 1321-1322.

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