Member Biography

John Knox Newell 


Courtesy: Edited from photograph in the collections of the Bradford County Historical Society


Sessions Office Position District Party
1885-1886       23 Republican
1887-1888       23 Republican
1889-1890       23 Republican
1891-1892       23 Republican

COUNTIES: Bradford, Wyoming  


07/28/1843 - 05/27/1919

Doctor John Knox Newell (R23) Bradford and Wyoming Counties 1884-1892

Early Life: 

John Knox Newell born July 28, 1843, Wysox Township, Bradford County, Pennsylvania, July 28, 1843; son of Charles and Julia (Smith) Newell; education, public schools, Wyoming Seminary, Kingston, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania; studied dentistry, LeRaysville, Bradford County, opened practice, Wyalusing, Bradford County, Pennsylvania, 1866-1890; married Adelaide Passmore, 1874; elected, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1884-1892; elected, cashier (President) Citizens National Bank, 1890-1919; died, May 27, 1919, interment Oak Hill Cemetery, Towanda, Bradford County, Pennsylvania. (i)

Early Career:

Dentist, State Senator and Banker

Professional titles; business ownership; board memberships; local government; club memberships:

Member, Odd Fellows, member, Masons

Pennsylvania Politics:

Elected, Pennsylvania State Senate, 23rd district, Bradford and Wyoming Counties, 1884-1892, member Accounts, Congressional Apportionment, Insurance, Public Health and Sanitation and Public Printing Committees.


Smull’s Legislative Hand Book, (1892) Cochran, T.B., Biographical Sketches of Senators, page 659, 687 and 693-695.