Member Biography

Israel Stiefel 

Sessions Office Position District Party
1937-1938       5 Democrat
1939-1940       5 Democrat
1941-1942       5 Democrat
1943-1944       5 Democrat
1945-1946       5 Democrat
1947-1948       5 Democrat
1949-1950       5 Democrat
1951-1952       5 Democrat
1953-1954       5 Democrat
1955-1956       5 Democrat
1957-1958       5 Democrat
1959       5 Democrat
1960       5 Democrat
1961       5 Democrat
1962       5 Democrat
1963       5 Democrat
1964       5 Democrat

COUNTIES: Philadelphia  


12/13/1898 - 06/28/1966

Israel Stiefel (D5) Philadelphia (Part) County 1937-1964

Early Life: 

Israel Stiefel, born December 31, 1898, Odessa, Odessa Oblast, Ukraine; son of Jacob and Ethel Stiefel; married, Beverly Ruth Stiefel, son, Jay Robert Stiefel; University of Pennsylvania, A.B., 1925, LL.B., 1928, A.M. 1932; Ph.D, Doctor of Humanities, (honorary degree), Moore Institute, Philadelphia, 1951; Dropsie College of Philadelphia, Hebrew, Cognate Languages; attorney, practice, United States Supreme Court, United States Circuit Court of Appeals, Supreme, Superior Courts of Pennsylvania, United States District Court, County Courts of Philadelphia; special deputy, Attorney General of Philadelphia, 1935; chief auditor, Controller of Philadelphia, 1936; Syro-Palestine Campaign, World War I; teacher, political science, Fels Institute of Government, University of Pennsylvania; elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1937-1964; Democratic Caucus Chairman; died, June 28, 1966 (age, 67), Tel Aviv Yafo, Tel Aviv District, Israel; interment, Roosevelt Memorial Park, Trevose, Bucks County, Pennsylvania.   

Pennsylvania Politics:

Elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 5th district, Philadelphia (Part) County, 1937-1964; Democratic Caucus Chairman; committee assignments, Appropriations, Constitutional Changes and Federal Relations, Insurance, Judiciary General, Public Health and Welfare, State Goverment.


His bequests created the Stiefel Forest, Jerusalem; Stiefel Laboratory (for preserving cuneiform tablets), Penn Museum.


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

The Pennsylvania Manual, (1963-1964). Stine, C., (Editor). Crouse, J., (Assistant Editor). (Volume 96) Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, pages 93, 95. Biographical Sketches of Senators, page 85

Israel Stiefer (unknown-1966) - Find a Grave Memorial