Member Biography

Harry Emmitt Seyler 

Sessions Office Position District Party
1955-1956       28 Democrat
1957-1958       28 Democrat
1959       28 Democrat
1960       28 Democrat
1961       28 Democrat
1962       28 Democrat



08/20/1908 - 01/23/1994

Harry Emmitt Seyler (D28) York Country 1955-1962

Early Life:

Harry Emmitt Seyler, born August 20, 1908, York, York County, Pennsylvania; York High School; Washington and Jefferson College (A.B.); University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education, education, (M.S.); staff sergeant, United States Army, WWII, 1943-1945; employed, Office of Economic Opportunity, Philadelphia; principal, Hannah Penn Junior High School, York; director of adult education and assistant superintendent, York County School District; elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State House of Representatives, 1949-1954; elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1955-1962; delegate, Democratic National Convention, 1956; delegate, White House Conference on Education, 1956; unsuccessful campaign, reelection, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1962;  Sunday managing editor, The Gazette and Daily (York Daily Record); married, Marguerite Eloise Culbertson Seyler, 1940, son, Robert Matthew Seyler; died, January 23, 1994, York, York County, Pennsylvania; interment, Mount Rose Cemetery, York, York County, Pennsylvania.

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

Member, American Civil Liberties Union; actor at York Little Theatre where he performed in more than fifty plays.

Pennsylvania Politics:

Elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State House of Representatives, 1949-1954. 

Elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 38th district, York Country, 1955-1962; member, State Planning Board, Governor’s Committee on Children and Youth; member, Department of Public Information (DPI) Advisory Committee on Science and Mathematics Education; University of Pennsylvania Educational Alumni Advisory Committee; Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PCA) for Health and Welfare Committee on Court and Correctional Services; appointed, Commission on Interstate Cooperation, 1961-1962; unsuccessful campaign for reelection, 1962. 

Delegate, Democratic National Convention, 1956.

Delegate, White House Conference on Education, 1956.

Pennsylvania House of Representatives Biography:

Official Website - PA House Archives Official Website (


Cox, Harold. "Senate Members S"Wilkes University Election Statistics ProjectWilkes University.

York Daily Record (York County, Pennsylvania) Tuesday, January 25, 1994.

Harry Emmitt Seyler (1908-1994) - Find a Grave Memorial