Member Biography

Benjamin R. Donolow 


COUNTIES: Philadelphia  


05/24/1917 - 11/27/1972

Benjamin R. Donolow (D2) Philadelphia (Part) County 1955-1972

Early Life:

Benjamin R. Donolow, born May 24, 1917, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania; son of Israel and Tillie Donolow; Temple School of Law, 1941; United States Army, World War II; trial attorney; elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1955-1972; delegate, Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1960, 1964; died, November 27, 1972 (aged 55), while in office of the Senate, heart attack, Temple University Hospital, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania; interment, Har Zion Cemetery, Collingdale, Delaware County, Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania Politics:

Elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 2nd district, Philadelphia (Part) County, 1955-1972; Senate minority leader, 1965-1970; committee assignments, Appropriations (Chairman), Judiciary (Vice Chairman).


Supplemented, tuition by working as a song and dance comic at banquets and bar mitzvahs.


Cox, Harold.  "House Members D"Wilkes University Election Statistics ProjectWilkes University.

Philadelphia Daily News (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) November 28, 1972 · Page 3.

Courier-Post (Camden, New Jersey) · Tuesday, November 28, 1972 · Page 34.

Benjamin Donolow (1917-1972) - Find a Grave Memorial