Member Biography

John Cadwalader Grady 


Patriot (Harrisburg),, January 22, 1889; Inquirer (Philadelphia), July 10, 1907; Who’s Who, 1905; Inquirer (Philadelphia), July 11, 1907


10/08/1847 - 03/05/1916

John Cadwalader Grady (R7) Philadelphia (Part) County 1877-1904

Early Life: 

John Cadwalader Grady, born October 8, 1847, Eastport, Washington County, Maine; son of John O'Grady and Eliza Daggett; attended, Philadelphia public schools; bookkeeper, Gould and Company; University of Pennsylvania Law School, admitted, Pennsylvania bar, Independence Hall, 1871; attorney, Philadelphia, 1871-1916; elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1877-1904, president pro tempore, 1887-1890, majority floor leader, 1895-1904; Philadelphia Department of Docks, Wharves, and Ferries, 1907-1909; married, Annie Portia Grady, son, Stanley Quay "Bud" Grady; died, March 5, 1916 (age 69), uremic poisoning, Medico-Chirurgical College and Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, interment, Mount Moriah Cemetery, Philadelphia County, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  

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

The Medico-Chirurgical College and Hospital of Philadelphia, President, Board of Trustees.   

Pennsylvania Politics:

Elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 7th district, Philadelphia (Part) County, 1877-1904; president pro tempore, 1887-1890, majority floor leader, 1895-1904; Chairman, Republican Caucus in accordance with Seniority; committee assignments, chairman, Finance Committee, sixteen sessions, chairman, Judiciary General Committee, eight years, Corporations Judiciary Special and Public Printing.

Wrote the legislation forming the Pennsylvania Superior Court, June 24, 1895, P.L. 212, No. 128, earning the moniker “Father of the Superior Court.”; wrote “Fugitive from Justice” act. 

Chairman, Special Committee of the Senate and House appointed to receive General U.S. Grant, returning from his tour around the world; arriving in Philadelphia, December 16, 1879, where the mayor declared a holiday, mile long parade estimated 350,000 spectators along its route. 

Appointed, President James A. Garfield, Surveyor, Port of Philadelphia, May 1881, declined. 

Appointed, Philadelphia Mayor John Edgar Reyburn, director, Philadelphia Department of Docks, Wharves, and Ferries, 1907 - resigned April 20, 1909.


Held the distinction of holding the all-time Senate seniority record at retirement, 28 years; served in Hills Capitol, Grace Methodist Episcopal Church, Cobb Capitol. 


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

Smull’s Legislative Handbook, (1904). Cochran, T.B., (Editor) Miller, H.P. (Assistant Editor) Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, pages 1019, 1025-1028, Biographical Sketches of Senators, page 993.

Smull's Legislative Hand Book and Manual of the State of Pennsylvania - Google Books

The Progressive Men of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania ... Comp. and Ed. by ... - Google Books

Delaware County Daily Times (Chester, Pennsylvania) Monday March 06, 1916, Page 9. 

John C. Grady (1847-1916) - Find a Grave Memorial