Member Biography

Vivian Frank Gable 

Sessions Office Position District Party
1905-1906       8 City and Lincoln

COUNTIES: Philadelphia  


04/13/1873 - 11/19/1937

Judge Vivian Frank Gable (Democrat / City and Lincoln8) Philadelphia (Part) County 1906

Early Life: 

Judge Vivian Frank Gable, born April 13, 1873, Hummelstown, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania; son of Reverend Doctor Israel M. and Mary C. Blessing Gable; public schools education; Central High School, Philadelphia, 1890; College Department, University of Pennsylvania, Ph. B., 1892; Law Department, University of Pennsylvania, L.L.B., 1895; admitted, Philadelphia County Bar, 1895; private practice; married, Mary Groves Scargle,1898 (d.1917), daughter, Mrs. Mary Strickler; elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1906; Chairman, Lincoln Party, Pennsylvania State Republican Party; commissioned, Chief and Real Estate Deputy Sheriff, Philadelphia, 1920; appointed, Judge, Philadelphia Municipal Court, 1931-1937; death, November 19, 1937, heart attack, driving to daughters house Yardley, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, crashed into automobiles; interment, Greenmount Cemetery, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania.

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

Member, trustee, Erie Avenue United Methodist Church, Philadelphia; member, Union League, University Club, Philadelphia Bar Association, Mason. 

Pennsylvania Politics:

Elected, Democrat / City and Lincoln, Pennsylvania State Senate, 8th district, Special Election, Philadelphia (Part) County, vacancy, Horatio Hackett, died, July 12, 1905; elected, January 9, 1906, elected on a fusion ticket of the Democratic / City, and Lincoln parties; standing committee assignments, Senate of Pennsylvania, extraordinary and regular session, 1906, Appropriations, City Passenger Railways, Congressional Apportionment (Chairman), Corporations, Law and Order, Military Affairs, Pension and Gratuities; defeated, reelection, 1906. 

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

Commissioned, Chief and Real Estate Deputy Sheriff, Philadelphia, Philadelphia Sheriff Robert E. Lambertson, 1920.

Appointed, Governor John Stuchell Fisher, Judge, Philadelphia Municipal Court, 1931-1937. 


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

Cox, Harold. Senate1790-1869 ( 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 802.

The Evening News (Harrisburg, Pennsylvania) Saturday November 20, 1937, Page 7.

The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) Wednesday November 24, 1937, Page 4.

Judge Vivian Frank Gable (1873-1937) - Find a Grave Memorial