COUNTIES: Westmoreland, Armstrong, Indiana, Clarion, Jefferson, Clearfield
Personal Life & Education:
Patrick James Stapleton, Jr., (D), born in 1924, in Indiana, son of Patrick and Bertha Stadtmiller; Indiana Area High School, 1943; attended Penn State University; Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP)(B.S.), social studies, 1950; married Madeline Feidler; 1 son; died March 30, 2001.
U.S. Navy, 1943-47, WWII; restaurant owner; chair, Indiana University of Pennsylvania Council of Trustees; County Commissioner, 1962-69; past president, Comprehensive Health, Pa. State Association of Commissioners; director, Southwest Pa. Economic Development District; member, Licensed Practical Nurse Association of Pa. Advisory Board, WPSX-TV Community Advisory Board, Knights of Columbus, Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, Elks, Grange, Boy Scouts of America Council at large, State Task Force on Comprehensive Health, State Agricultural Land Preservation Board, Indiana University of Pennsylvania Patrick J. Stapleton Jr. Library, St. Bernard’s Church; board of governors, Pa. State System of Higher Education (PASSHE), 1988; treasurer, Rural Center for Pa.
The Patrick J. Stapleton, Jr, Library at IUP named in his honor– 1981, IUP Distinguished Service Award– 1992, IUP President’s Medal of Distinction– 2000, University of Pa. Veterinary School Centennial Award of Merit, YMCA Decade of Service Award.
Elected to Pa. Senate in a special election, June 8, 1970; reelected November 2, 1972; member, Agricultural & Rural Affairs, Appropriations, Environmental Resources & Energy, Rules & Executive Nominations, Transportation Commission; left office November 30, 2000.
Cited: Patrick J. Stapleton, Jr., Papers, Manuscript Group 158 Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Special Collections and University Archives.[WL1] Pennsylvania Manual, Biographies of Members of the Senate, pg. 3-21; Volume 114, December, 1999.