Member Biography

David A. Nagle 


Senate Memoriam, March 19, 1878, PSL, Law Library


Sessions Office Position District Party
1869       3 Democrat
1870       3 Democrat
1871       3 Democrat
1872       3 Democrat
1873       3 Democrat
1875       2 Democrat
1876       2 Democrat
1877       2 Democrat
1878       2 Democrat

COUNTIES: Philadelphia  


1839 - 03/18/1878

David A. Nagle (D3) Philadelphia County 1868-1873 (D2) Philadelphia County 1875-1878

Early Life: 

David A. Nagle born 1839, reared by his mother after his father’s early death; attended common schools; telegraph messenger and telegraph operator; studied law but never practiced; clerk, Philadelphia Ledger; supervised, magazine department, T.B. Peterson and Brothers; Philadelphia Assessor, four years; operated, law blank stationery business; elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1868-1873; elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1875-1878; died, in office, March 18, 1878, Bright’s Disease of kidneys, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania; interment Saint Mary's Catholic Churchyard 252 South 4th Street, above Spruce Street, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania. reinterment, New Cathedral Cemetery, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania.

Early Career:

Clerk, Philadelphia Ledger, during 1850s; supervised, magazine department, T.B. Peterson and Brothers Publishers and Booksellers, 308 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia; operated, law blank stationery business

Pennsylvania Politics: 

Philadelphia Assessor, four years

Elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 3rd district, Philadelphia County 1868-1873; member, Banks Corporations, Federal Relations and Roads and Bridges Committees.

Elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 2nd district, Philadelphia County 1875-1878; member, Corporations, Finance, Municipal Affairs and Railroads Committees.


Elected, Pennsylvania State Senate, at age 28, 1867. 

In the same vault are Francis Nagle who was buried April 1879 and Mary Nagle who was buried in August 1878. He was single but he had a brother named Francis and both his mother and sister had the name Mary.

Gravesite Details

All info states that he was buried at St. Mary's but he is on the New Cathedral register stating he is buried in a private vault in the above plot.


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

Smull’s Legislative Handbook, (1873). Smull, J.A., (Editor) Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, pages 514, 517, 522-524.

Smull’s Legislative Handbook, (1875) Smull, J.A.; pages 606-608; Biographical Sketches of Senators, page 601.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch (St. Louis, Missouri) Saturday March 23, 1878, Page 1.

Judge David A Nagle (unknown-1878) - Find a Grave Memorial