Member Biography

James Wilson Lee 

Sessions Office Position District Party
1879-1880       48 Republican
1881-1882       48 Republican
1883-1884       48 Republican
1885-1886       48 Republican

COUNTIES: Venango, Warren  


07/17/1845 - 05/11/1908

James Wilson Lee (R48) Venango and Warren Counties 1879-1886

Early Life: 

James Wilson Lee, born July 17, 1845, Sharon, Mercer County, Pennsylvania; son of Silas and Jane (Holmes) Lee; public school education; Westminster College, New Wilmington, Pennsylvania,1863, 1864 Allegheny College, Meadville, 1864; admitted, bar, 1869; attorney at law; Franklin City Council, 1871; mayor of Franklin, 1875; Pennsylvania State Senate, 1879-1886; married. Laura M., Kinnear, (d.1880) no children, married, Miss Clara Virginia Kauffman, 1883; three children; died May 11, 1908 (aged 62) arteriosclerosis, diabetes, interstitial nephritis, and thrombosis of coronary arteries, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania; interment, Franklin Cemetery, Franklin, Venango County, Pennsylvania. (i)

Pennsylvania Politics:

Elected, Republican, member, Franklin City Council, 1871-1872.

Elected, Republican, mayor of Franklin, 1875.

Elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 48th district, Venango and Warren Counties, 1879-1886, member Appropriations, Constitutional Reform, Judiciary Apportionment, New Counties and County Seats and Special Judiciary Committees.


Miss Clara V. Kauffman, daughter of Senator Christian Shuman Kauffman, of Columbia, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.


Smull’s Legislative Hand Book, (1883) Smull, J.A., Biographical Sketches of Senators, page 732, 765, 770-772.