Member Biography

Joseph Horace Shull 

Sessions Office Position District Party
1887-1888       22 Democrat
1889-1890       22 Democrat

COUNTIES: Carbon, Monroe, Pike  


08/09/1848 - 08/09/1944

Doctor Joseph Horace Shull (D22) Carbon, Monroe, Pike Counties, 1887-1890

Early Life: 

Doctor Joseph Horace Shull, born August 17, 1848, Martins Creek, Northampton County, Pennsylvania; son of Elias and Margaret Eakin Shull; public schools, Blair Academy, Blairstown, New Jersey; Lafayette College, Easton, Pennsylvania; University of New York, Bellevue Hospital Medical College, New York City, 1873; married, Melissa Virginia Flory, 1873, children, Claude, Samuel, Mary and Lucile Shull O'Neil; teacher, public schools, Pennsylvania;  four years; studied law, admitted bar, 1879; attorney, practice, Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania; editor, Monroe Democrat, 1881-1886; elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania Senate, 1887-1890; elected, Democrat, United States House of Representatives, Fifty-eighth Congress, 1903-1905; resumed, practice of law and medicine; president, Delaware Valley Railroad Company; served, contract surgeon, First World War; died, August 9, 1944 (aged 95) Stroudsburg, Monroe County, Pennsylvania, interment, Stroudsburg Cemetery, Stroudsburg, Monroe County, Pennsylvania. 

Early Career:

Attorney / Physician. 

Pennsylvania Politics:

First President, Monroe County Bar Association.

Elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania Senate, 22nd district, Carbon, Monroe, Pike Counties, 1887-1890; committee assignments, Congressional Apportionment, Corporations, Insurance, Judiciary General, Judiciary Special and Mines and Mining.

Continued Government Service/National Politics:

Elected, Democrat, United States House of Representatives, Pennsylvania 26th congressional district, Fifty-eighth Congress, 1903-1905; unsuccessful candidate, renomination fifty-ninth Congress, 1904. 


Made headlines, at age 95, on May 22, 1944, became the oldest attorney to ever practice before the United States Supreme Court.


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

Smull’s Legislative Handbook, (1890). Cochran, T.B., (Editor) Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, pages 696, 702-704, Biographical Sketches of Senators, page 669.

The Wilkes-Barre Record (Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania) Wednesday August 9, 1944, Page 22.

Joseph Horace Shull (1848-1944) - Find a Grave Memorial


Congressional Biography

After 2 session(s) serving in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, Joseph Horace Shull  went on to serve in congress