PENN NOTABLES

Penn and the U.S. Congress
Roster of Alumni, Faculty and Trustees
1774 to the present
Surnames beginning in D through H

"This is a story of public service in the highest tradition of the University. It is a story of Benjamin Franklin's radical idea of valuing a practical education. The remarkable story of Penn's connection to the United States Congress begins with the Continental Congress, precursor to the United States Congress, in 1774. What links all the men and women listed below is their leadership in the United States Congress and their time at the University of Pennsylvania. I think it is safe to say that such a long and distinguished tradition might even cause Benjamin Franklin, that busy, busy man, to stop and pause and be proud."

Scott W. Hawley, February 2002

 

Since 1774, two hundred and fifteen alumni, faculty, and Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania have served in the United States Congress or in its predecessor, the Continental Congress, representing twenty two states and territories and nine of the thirteen American colonies. This roster was researched, compiled and presented by Scott W. Hawley (B.A., 1992; B.S. in Econ., 1992) in partnership with the University Archives and Records Center, published February 2002 and updated July 2002

 


 

John Burrwood DALYBorn 1872; Attended University of Pennsylvania Law School, 1893-1895, but did not earn a degree; Pennsylvania representative to the U.S. Congress, 1935-1939; died 1939.
William DARLINGTONBorn 1782; University of Pennsylvania, M.D., 1804 (Doctor of Medicine, School of Medicine); Pennsylvania representative to the U.S. Congress, 1815-1817, 1819-1823; died 1863.
George Robertson DENNISBorn 1822; University of Pennsylvania, M.D., 1842; U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania, 1873-1879; died 1882.
Philemon DICKERSONBorn 1788; University of Pennsylvania, A.B., 1808 (Bachelor of Arts); New Jersey representative to the U.S. Congress, 1833-1836, 1839-1841; Governor of New Jersey, 1836-1837; died 1862.
John DICKINSONBorn 1732; Trustee, University of Pennsylvania, 1782-1785; Pennsylvania delegate to the Continental Congress, 1774-1776; Delaware delegate to the Continental Congress, 1779; died 1808.
Philemon DICKINSONBorn 1739; Attended College of Philadelphia as a member of the Class of 1759 but did not earn a degree; Delaware delegate to the Continental Congress, 1782-1783; U.S. Senator from New Jersey, 1790-1793; died 1809.
Frank Joseph Gerard DORSEYBorn 1891; University of Pennsylvania, B.S. in Econ., 1917 (Bachelor of Science in Economics, Wharton School); Pennsylvania representative to the U.S. Congress, 1935-1939; died 1949.
Charles Francis DOUGHERTY Born 1937; Attended University of Pennsylvania Graduate School, 1962-1963, but did not earn a degree; Pennsylvania representative to the U.S. Congress, 1979-1983; living.
James Henderson DUFFBorn 1883; Attended University of Pennsylvania Law School, 1904-1906, but did not earn a degree; U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania, 1951-1957; Governor of Pennsylvania, 1947-1951; died 1969.
Henry Algernon DUPONT Born 1838; Attended the College of the University of Pennsylvania, 1855, but did not earn a degree; U.S. Senator from Delaware, 1906-1917; died 1926.
George Nicholas ECKERTBorn 1802; University of Pennsylvania, M.D., 1824; Pennsylvania representative to the U.S. Congress, 1847-1849; died 1865.
Norman EDDYBorn 1810; University of Pennsylvania, M.D., 1835; Indiana representative to the U.S. Congress, 1853-1855; died 1872.
Joshua EILBERGBorn 1921; University of Pennsylvania, B.S. in Econ., 1941 and also attended the Law School, 1941, but did not earn a degree; Pennsylvania representative to the U.S. Congress, 1967-1979; living.
Jonathan ELMERBorn 1745; University of Pennsylvania, M.B., 1768 (Bachelor of Medicine); New Jersey delegate to the Continental Congress, 1777-1778, 1781-1783, 1787-1788; U.S. Senator from New Jersey, 1789-1791; died 1817.
Philip Sheridan ENGLISH Born 1956; University of Pennsylvania, A.B., 1979; Pennsylvania representative to the U.S. Congress, 1995-present; living.
Thomas Dunn ENGLISHBorn 1819; University of Pennsylvania, M.D., 1839; New Jersey representative to the U.S. Congress, 1891-1895; died 1902.
Chaka FATTAHBorn 1956; University of Pennsylvania, M.G.A., 1986 (Master of Governmental Administration, Fels School of State and Local Government); Pennsylvania representative to the U.S. Congress, 1995-present; living.
John Parnell FEENEYBorn 1895; Attended University of Pennsylvania Wharton School, 1914-1915, but did not earn a degree; in 1919, John Parnell Feeney changed his name to John Parnell Thomas.
Clare Gerald FENERTYBorn 1895; University of Pennsylvania, LL.B., 1921 (Bachelor of Laws, The Law School) and was also an Instructor in the Wharton School, 1924-1929; Pennsylvania representative to the U.S. Congress, 1935-1937; died 1952.
Thomas FITZSIMONSBorn 1741; Trustee, University of Pennsylvania, 1789-1811; Pennsylvania delegate to the Continental Congress, 1782-1783; Pennsylvania representative to the U.S. Congress, 1789-1795; died 1811.
John FLOYDBorn 1783; University of Pennsylvania, M.D., 1806; Virginia representative to the U.S. Congress, 1817-1829; Governor of Virginia, 1830-1834; died 1837.
Harold FORDBorn 1970; University of Pennsylvania, A.B., 1992; Tennessee representative to the U.S. Congress, 1997-present; living.
Vito John FOSSELLABorn 1965; University of Pennsylvania, B.S. in Econ., 1987; New York representative to the U.S. Congress, 1997-present; living.
Benjamin FRANKLINBorn 1706; Founder of the University of Pennsylvania and Trustee, 1749-1789; Pennsylvania delegate to the Continental Congress, 1775-1776; Signer of the Declaration of Independence; died 1790.
Oliver Walter FREY Born 1887; University of Pennsylvania, LL.B., 1920; Pennsylvania representative to the U.S. Congress, 1933-1939; died 1939.
Benjamin Arthur GILMANBorn 1922; University of Pennsylvania, B.S. in Econ., 1946; New York representative to the U.S. Congress, 1973-present; living.
Benjamin Martin GOLDERBorn 1891; University of Pennsylvania, LL.B., 1913; Pennsylvania representative to the U.S. Congress, 1925-1933; died 1946.
Charles GOLDSBOROUGHBorn 1765; University of Pennsylvania, A.B., 1784; Maryland representative to the U.S. Congress, 1805-1817; Governor of Maryland, 1818-1819; died 1834.
Robert GOLDSBOROUGHBorn 1733; University of Pennsylvania, A.B., 1760; Maryland delegate to the Continental Congress, 1774-1776; died 1788.
George Scott GRAHAMBorn 1850; University of Pennsylvania, LL.B., 1870 and was Professor of Criminal Law, 1887-1898; Pennsylvania representative to the U.S. Congress, 1913-1931; died 1931.
William GRAYSONBorn 1740; Attended College of Philadelphia as member of the Class of 1760 but did not earn a degree; Virginia delegate to the Continental Congress, 1785-1787; U.S. Senator from Virginia, 1789-1790; died 1790.
Andrew GREGGBorn 1755; University of Pennsylvania, Hon. A.M., 1782 (Master of Arts) and Master of the Latin School of the Academy of Philadelphia, 1779-1783; Pennsylvania representative to the U.S. Congress, 1791-1807; U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania, 1807-1813; died 1835.
John HAHNBorn 1776; University of Pennsylvania, M.D., 1798; Pennsylvania representative to the U.S. Congress, 1815-1817; died 1823.
William Henry HARRISONBorn 1773; Attended University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, 1791, but did not earn a degree; Delegate to the U.S. Congress from the Territory Northwest of the Ohio River, 1799-1800; Ohio representative to the U.S. Congress, 1816-1819; U.S. Senator from Ohio, 1825-1828; President of the United States, 1841; died 1841.
Charles Eaton HAYNESBorn 1784; Attended University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, 1806, but did not earn a degree; Georgia representative to the U.S. Congress, 1825-1831, 1835-1839; died 1841.
James Christopher HEALEYBorn 1909; University of Pennsylvania, B.S. in Econ., 1933; Pennsylvania representative to the U.S. Congress, 1956-1965; died 1981.
Joseph HEMPHILLBorn 1770; University of Pennsylvania, A.B., 1791; Pennsylvania representative to the U.S. Congress, 1801-1803; 1819-1826; 1829-1831; died 1842.
Whitmill HILLBorn 1743; University of Pennsylvania, A.B., 1760; Pennsylvania delegate to the Continental Congress, 1778-1780; died 1797.
William HINDMANBorn 1743; Attended College of Philadelphia as a member of the Class of 1761 but did not earn a degree; Maryland delegate to the Continental Congress, 1785-1786; Maryland representative to the U.S. Congress, 1793-1799; U.S. Senator from Maryland, 1800-1801; died 1822.
George HOLCOMBEBorn 1786; Attended University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, 1807, but did not earn a degree; New Jersey representative to the U.S. Congress, 1821-1828; died 1828.
Francis HOPKINSONBorn 1737; University of Pennsylvania, A.B., 1757 and Hon. LL.D., 1790 (Doctor of Laws); Trustee, University of Pennsylvania, 1778-1791; New Jersey delegate to the Continental Congress, 1776; Signer of the Declaration of Independence; died 1791.
Joseph HOPKINSONBorn 1770; University of Pennsylvania, A.B., 1786 and was also a Trustee, 1822-1842; Pennsylvania representative to the U.S. Congress, 1815-1819; died 1842.
Charles Robert HOWELLBorn 1904; Attended Evening School of Accounts and Finance, University of Pennsylvania, 1936, but did not earn a degree; New Jersey representative to the U.S. Congress, 1949-1955; died 1973.

 

 

image of Benjamin Franklin
Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)

CONTENTS BY SURNAME:

A to C

D to H

I to M

N to R

S to Z

Complete list, A through Z

 

Note to the reader:
All abbreviations and phrases used in the standard entries below are intended to be self-explanatory. The editors have given special attention to abbreviations used for academic degrees. Abbreviations for academic degrees are spelled out in the entry of first instance. Nevertheless, among the degrees listed below, three are not in common use today. In order to assist the reader, the editors have defined those degrees here:
M.B. (Bachelor of Medicine)
B.F. (Bachelor of Finance)
LL.B. (Bachelor of Laws).

 

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