Member Biography

James T. Nulty 

Sessions Office Position District Party
1911-1912       8 Fusion Democrat
1913-1914       8 Fusion Democrat

COUNTIES: Philadelphia  


05/09/1857 - 02/26/1935

James T. Nulty (Fusion Democrat8) Philadelphia County 1911-1914

Early Life:

James T. Nulty, born May 9, 1857, Frankford section, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania; son of Hugh and Catharine Nulty; public, parochial school education; inventor; engaged, funeral homeowner; elected, Fusion Democrat Pennsylvania State Senate, 1911-1914; died, February 26, 1935, (aged 77) Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania; interment Saint Dominic Church Cemetery, Torresdale neighborhood, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania.  

Early Career:

Worked, William and Harvey Rowland, promoted, metal roller, invented a railroad spike and a two-piece rail, which doubled as an electrical power line conduit and short grounding system (United States Patent No. 372,273). The two-piece rail, sold to the Johnstown Railway Company, 1888. 

In 1882, established a funeral home business, Frankford section, Philadelphia. Invented the "Derma" formula for the embalming process used throughout at the turn of the 20th century. The Nulty Funeral Home business continues to operate.  

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

Member, Knights of Columbus, Ancient Order of Hibernians, St. Patrick's Alliance, Foresters of America, B.P.O.E. No. 2 and Undertakers Association. Member, Saint Joachim’s Roman Catholic Church, Philadelphia. 

Pennsylvania Politics: 

Elected, Fusion Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 8th district, Philadelphia County, 1913-1914; committee assignments, Canal Island and Navigation, Education, Exposition Affairs, Military Affairs, Public Grounds and Buildings and Public Supply of Light, Heat and Water Committees.


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

Miller, H.P., (Compiler). Baker, W.H., (Assistant Compiler). Smull's Legislative Hand Book, (1914) Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, pages 1090 and 1097-1100, Biographical Sketches of Senators, Page 1072.

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