Member Biography

Samuel McClure 

Sessions Office Position District Party
1885-1886       47 Republican
1887-1888       47 Republican

COUNTIES: Mercer, Lawrence  


01/03/1839 - 03/25/1922

Samuel McClure (R47) Lawrence and Mercer Counties 1885-1888

Early Life:

Samuel McClure, born January 3, 1839, Little Beaver Township, Beaver County, Pennsylvania; son of Joseph and Nancy Clark McClure; common school education; Girard Academy; clerked, father’s store; managed, James Wood and Son’s iron furnace, Lawrence County; cashier, bookkeeper, promoted to superintendent and manager, James Wood and Son’s iron furnace, Wheatland, after the business failed, assumed the position of manager, Middlesex Furnace; school-director, Wheatland, Pennsylvania, 1872; became superintendent, Stewart Iron Company, Limited; promoted general manager, Stewart Iron Company, Shenango Valley, coking facilities,  Uniontown, Fayette County; organized, elected, vice president, Sharon Steel Casting Company, 1886; later American Steel Casting Company; president, Sharon Savings and Trust Company, Union Limestone Company, Valley Connecting Railroad Company, Sheanago Machine Company; elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1885-1888; married, Augusta Rebecca  Dickson, three daughters born from there union; died, March 25, 1922, Sharon, Mercer County, Pennsylvania; interment, Samuel McClure Mausoleum, Oakwood Cemetery, Sharon, Mercer County, Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania Politics:

School-director, Wheatland, Pennsylvania, 1872.

Elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 47th district, Lawrence and Mercer Counties, 1885-1888; committee assignments, Library, Mines and Mining, Public Buildings.


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

Smull’s Legislative Handbook, (1888). Cochran, T.B., (Editor) Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, pages 671, 676-678, Biographical Sketches of Senators, page 644.

James T. McCleary, Secretary, Biographical Directory of the American Iron and Steel Institute (New York: American Iron and Steel Institute, 1911)

Samuel McClure (1839-1922) - Find a Grave Memorial