Member Biography

Thomas Porter Harney 

Sessions Office Position District Party
1953-1954       19 Republican
1955-1956       19 Republican
1957-1958       19 Republican
1959       19 Republican
1960       19 Republican

COUNTIES: Chester  


03/17/1893 - 07/17/1960

Thomas Porter Harney (R19) Chester County 1953-1960

Early Life:

Thomas Porter Harney, born March 17, 1893, Marshfield, Wood County, Wisconsin; son of Dave and May Reynolds Harney; Marshfield High School; Beloit College; University of Wisconsin; farmer; moved to Pennsylvania, 1917; auditor, school director, eighteen years; president, Agriculture Extension Board, two years; elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State House of Representatives, 1949- 1952; elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1953-1960; gubernatorial appointed, Commission on Interstate Cooperation, 1953-1960; married, Susan Groome; died, July 17, 1960, while in office of the Senate, Chester County Hospital, West Chester, Chester County, Pennsylvania; interment, Oaklands Cemetery, West Goshen Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania.

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

Member, Chester County Planning Board, Chester County Soil Conservation District, 1948. Director, National Bank and Trust Company, Chester County; director, Dime Savings Bank, Chester County; president, Brandywine Valley Association.

Pennsylvania Politics:

Elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State House of Representatives, 1949- 1952.

Elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 19th district, Chester County, 1953-1960; Chairman, Senate Labor and Industry Committee.  

Gubernatorial appointed, Governor David L. Lawrence, Commission on Interstate Cooperation, 1953-1960.

Pennsylvania House of Representatives Biography:

Official Website - PA House Archives Official Website (


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

Thomas Porter Harney (1893-1960) - Find a Grave Memorial