Member Biography

Charles McKendrie Shortt 


McAtee, William, Portraits and Biographies of the Members of the Legislature of Pennsylvania and Heads of Departments, Session of 1895. Harrisburg, Pennsylvania: The Roshon Portrait Company, 1895.

Sessions Office Position District Party
1895-1896       48 Republican
1897-1898       48 Republican

COUNTIES: Venango, Warren  


03/10/1850 - 01/22/1931

Charles McKendrie Shortt, (R48) Venango and Warren Counties 1895-1898

Early Life:

Charles McKendrie Shortt, born March 10, 1850, Youngsville, Warren County, Pennsylvania; son of William Hamilton and Emmeline Davis Shortt; Youngsville public schools; Edinboro State Normal School; Iron City Commercial School of Pittsburgh; cashier, president, Sugar Gove Bank; elected, alternate delegate, Republican National Convention, 1880; elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State House of Representatives, 1883-1884, not a candidate for reelection, 1885; elected, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1894-1898; died, January 22, 1931, Richmond Hill, Queens, New York City, Queens County, New York; interment, Cherry Hill Cemetery, Sugar Grove, Warren County, Pennsylvania.

Early Career:

Resumed duties at the bank, which his father started, Sugar Gove Bank.

Pennsylvania Politics:

Elected, alternate delegate, Republican National Convention, 1880.

Elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State House of Representatives, 1883-1884, not a candidate for reelection, 1885.

Elected, Pennsylvania State Senate, 48th district, Venango and Warren Counties, 1895-1898; committee assignments, Appropriations, Banks and Building and Loan Associations, Corporations, Education, Insurance (Chairman), Legislative Apportionment Public Health and Sanitation.

Pennsylvania House of Representatives Biography:


Father, William Hamilton Shortt, Pennsylvania State House of Representatives, Warren County 1872-1873.

From the authors of the Sugar Grove Township page, an interesting anecdote:

Mr. F.A. Schoonover was a director of the bank for nearly half a century. He remembered Charles McKendrie Shortt as a man of character and integrity. “Charley Shortt did a lot of good people never knew about,” Mr. Schoonover said. “For example, before Christmas he’d come into the stores and say: ‘Do you know of any poor families who don’t have much to eat?’ Then on Christmas morning or the day before, these people would be delivered a bushel basket of groceries. They never knew who sent them.”


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

Smull’s Legislative Handbook, (1898). Cochran, T.B., (Editor) Miller, H.P. (Assistant Editor) Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, pages 1164, 1169-1171, Biographical Sketches of Senators, page 1139.

Warren Times Mirror (Warren, Pennsylvania) · Friday, January 23, 1931 · Obituaries · Page 7.

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