Member Biography

Chester Hale Sipe 

Sessions Office Position District Party
1937-1938       41 Democrat
1939-1940       41 Democrat

COUNTIES: Armstrong, Butler  


11/16/1880 - 07/26/1960

Chester Hale Sipe (D41) Armstrong and Butler Counties 1937-1940

Early Life:

Chester Hale Sipe, born November 16, 1880, South Buffalo Township, Armstrong County, son of Hiram Hill and Mary Golden Sipe; Thiel College, Geenville, A.B.; teacher, Butler, Lyndora, Worthington Schools; member, Allegheny, Armstrong, Butler Bar Associations, read law with attorney, Levi M. Wise, first practiced law there, 1909; during World War I, Federal Department Revenue; elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1935-1940; historian, author; 32nd degrees Mason, Pittsburgh; married, Cleo Victoria McKee Sipe; died, July 26, 1960 (aged 79), Armstrong County, Pennsylvania; interment, McVille Union Cemetery, McVille, Armstrong County, Pennsylvania. 


Authored, three volumes, Pennsylvania Indian History, covered Indian Chefs, Indian History, in Pennsylvania.

The Indian chiefs of Pennsylvania, or A story of the part played by the American Indian in the history of Pennsylvania: based primarily on the Pennsylvania archives and colonial recollection

The Indian Wars of Pennsylvania: An Account of the Indian Events, in Pennsylvania, of the French & Indian War, Pontiac's War, Lord Dunmore's War, the ... and the Indian Uprisings from 1789 to 1795

The Indian Wars of Pennsylvania: An Account of The Indian Events, In Pennsylvania, Of The French and Indian War, Pontiac's War, Lord Dunmore's War, ... Frontier Based Primarily On The Pennsylvania Archives

Authored two volumes, Butler County History; volume Mount Vernon; volume Washington family. 

Pennsylvania Politics:

Elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 41st district, Armstrong and Butler Counties, 1937-1940.


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

Simpson's Leader-Times (Kittanning, Pennsylvania) • Wednesday, July 27, 1960, • Page 1.

Chester Hale Sipe (1880-1960) - Find a Grave Memorial