Member Biography

Harry Shapiro 

Sessions Office Position District Party
1933-1934       7 Republican
1935-1936       7 Republican
1937-1938     Minority Floor Leader 7 Democrat
1939-1940       7 Democrat
1941-1942       7 Democrat
1943-1944       7 Democrat

COUNTIES: Philadelphia  


06/21/1887 - 12/01/1967

Harry Shapiro (R7) Philadelphia (Part) County 1933-1936 (D7) Philadelphia (Part) County 1937-1944

Early Life:

Harry Shapiro, born June 21, 1887, New York City, New York; son of Morris Max and Dora Cherkas Shapiro; Pierce School of Accounting; Temple University; University of Pennsylvania, Gowan fellow, LL.B. 1911; married, Elizabeth Rantz, 1911 children, Ethel G. Shapiro, David V. Shapiro, Charles South Shapiro; attorney; assistant district attorney, Philadelphia, 1932; Pennsylvania State Senate, 1933-1945, minority leader, 1937; member firm Shapiro, Rosenfeld, Stalberg and Cook, 1940; President, director Bowman Gum Company, 1943-1944; director, Philadelphia Community Chest, 1949-1953; delegate, Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1952; Secretary, Pennsylvania Department Public Welfare, 1955-1959; director, counsel Crown Cork and Seal Company, Incorporated, 1959. died, December 1, 1967, at home, Penn Towers 1801 John F. Kennedy Boulevard, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, complete heart blockage, arteriosclerotic heart disease, diabetes mellitus, death certificate lists interment, Roosevelt Memorial Park, Trevose, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, not interred there, therefore burial location unknown.

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

Member Alumni Association Law School University of Pennsylvania (Board of Governors 1947-1952); member, McKean Law Club, president, Mount Sinai Hospital; trustee, Albert Einstein Medical Center, Delaware Valley College at Doylestown, Federation of Jewish Agencies; director Yellow Cab Company, Robin Hood Dell. 

Pennsylvania Politics:

Elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 7th district, Philadelphia (Part) County, 1933-1936; Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 7th district, Philadelphia (Part) County, 1937-1944; elected minority leader, 1937.

Delegate, Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1952.

Secretary, Pennsylvania Department Public Welfare, Governor George Leader 1955-1959.


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

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