Member Biography

Bernard J. Monaghan 

Sessions Office Position District Party
1891-1892       30 Democrat
1893-1894       30 Democrat

COUNTIES: Schuylkill  


03/31/1861 - 08/13/1945

Bernard J. Monaghan (D30) Schuylkill (Part) County 1891-1894

Early Life:

Bernard J. Monaghan, born March 31, 1861, Ashland, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania; son of John Bernard and Ann Monaghan; public high school education; Villanova College; merchant; elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1891-1894; wholesale liquor business prior prohibition; grocery business; organized, director, board of directors, Merchants National Bank; organized, charter member, Phoenix Fire Company; children, Joseph H., John B., daughter; died, August 13, 1945, Shenandoah, Schuylkill, Pennsylvania; interment, Holy Cross Cemetery, Yeadon, Delaware County, Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Politics:

Elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 30th district, Schuylkill (Part) County, 1891-1894; committee assignments, Elections, Insurance, Legislative Apportionment, Municipal Affairs; declined reelection, “political life is not the most pleasant occupation in the world” 


Father, John Bernard (J.B.) Monaghan, had the first liquor license, Schuylkill County, 1858, started wholesale business, J.B. Monaghan, 1867. 


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

Smull’s Legislative Handbook, (1893) Cochran, T.B., (Editor) Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, pages 809, 815-817, Biographical Sketches of Senators, page 778.

Republican and Herald (Pottsville, Pennsylvania) Tuesday, August 14, 1945, page 1.

The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)) Wednesday, August 15, 1945. Page 19. 

Bernard J Monaghan (1861-1945) - Find a Grave Memorial