Member Biography

Edwin Knight McConkey 

Sessions Office Position District Party
1903-1904       28 Republican
1905-1906       28 Republican



12/11/1864 - 08/24/1910

Edwin Knight McConkey (R28) York County 1903-1906 

Early Life:

Edwin Knight McConkey, born, December 11, 1864, Wrightsville, York County, Pennsylvania; son of William and Susan Silver McConkey; public school education; York Collegiate Institute; married, Annie Strickler, 1894, daughters, Elizabeth Mary McConkey Gailey, Hannah McConkey Small; engaged, McConkey Brothers; assistant superintendent, Pullman Car Company, Philadelphia; secretary, treasurer, Farmers' Fire Insurance Company; director, York National Bank, York Water Company, York Gas Company, Guardian Trust Company; elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1903-1906; died, August 24, 1910, (aged 45), heart trouble, Spring Garden Township, York County, Pennsylvania; interment, Prospect Hill Cemetery, York, York County, Pennsylvania. 

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

Member, Riverside Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, York Country Club, Bachelors' Club of York, member, president, Lafayette Club.

Pennsylvania Politics:

Elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 28th district, York County, 1903-1906; committee assignments regular and extraordinary sessions 1906, Appropriations, Banks and Building and Loan Associations, City Passenger Railway, Education, Judiciary General, New Counties and County Seats, Public Health and Sanitation.

Extraordinary session, legislation accomplished by the Senate, 1906, personal registration law, direct primary legislation, enacted; up until this legislation candidates were chosen at conventions.


The first elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 28th district, York County.

Grandfather, James McConkey, Pennsylvania State Senate, 14th district, Adams and York Counties 1835-1837 6th district, Lancaster and York Counties 1837-1839. James McConkey  - Pennsylvania Senate Library (


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

Smull’s Legislative Handbook, (1906) Cochran, T.B., (Editor) Miller, H.P. (Assistant Editor) Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, pages 823, 829-834, Biographical Sketches of Senators, page 803.

Encyclopedia of Pennsylvania Biography, Illustrated, Volume 1, Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1914 By John Woolf Jordan, Thomas Lynch Montgomery, Ernest Spofford, Frederic Frederic Antes Godcharles. 

The York Daily (York, Pennsylvania) Thursday, August 25, 1910, page 1.

Edwin Knight McConkey (1864-1910) - Find a Grave Memorial