Member Biography

William H. Davis 

Sessions Office Position District Party
1955-1956       21 Republican

COUNTIES: Luzerne  


08/01/1900 - 12/05/1955

Private William H. Davis (R21) Luzerne (Part) County 1955

Early Life:

Private William H. Davis, born August 1, 1900, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania; son of John and Janet Owen Davis; Coughlin High School; accounting, LaSalle Extension University; Temple University School of Commerce; private, student army training corps, WWI; secretary, treasurer, Merchants Warehousing Company; president, Wilkes-Barre Motor Car Company; deputy Luzerne County controller, ten years; elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1955; married, Edna Morrissey; stricken, coronary occlusion, senate majority caucus room, Main Capitol Building, Harrisburg, died, December 5, 1955, in office of Senate, Harrisburg Hospital, Harrisburg, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania; interment, Evergreen Cemetery, Shavertown, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. 

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

Member, American Legion Post 132 Wilkes Barre, Forty and Eight; Pennsylvania State Legion Knee Hi Baseball Committee and County Activities Chairman, 1951; member, State Physical Education Committee Young Men’s Christian Association; 32nd degree Mason; governor, Loyal Oder of Moose; executive committee, Boy Scouts; member, United Sportsmen of Pennsylvania; organized, first president, key and master key, zone chairman, Wilkes-Barre Lions Club; president, Heights of Saint David’s Society; exalted ruler, trustee, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, Wilkes-Barre Lodge 109.   

Pennsylvania Politics: 

Elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 21st district, Luzerne (Part) County 1955; vacancy, death, Senator Patrick J. Toole, November 8, 1955; sworn in November 28, 1955; died week later, December 5, 1955. 


4th Pennsylvania State Senator stricken by heart attack during the 1955 legislative session; Patrick Toole, Henry J. Propert, Miles R. Derk.

Reported to have the shortest tenure of any member, Pennsylvania State Senate history, one week. 


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

The Morning Call (Allentown, Pennsylvania) Tuesday December 6, 1955, Page 1.

The Pennsylvania Manual (1955-1956). Allen, A. (Editor). (Volume 92). The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Biographical Sketches of Senators, page 293.

William H. Davis (1900-1955) - Find a Grave Memorial