PENN NOTABLES

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

"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

 


 

Leon SACKSBorn 1902; University of Pennsylvania, B.S. in Econ, 1923 (Bachelor of Science in Economics) and LL.B., 1926 (Bachelor of Laws, The Law School); Pennsylvania representative to the U.S. Congress, 1937-1941; died 1972.
Pius Louis SCHWERTBorn 1892; University of Pennsylvania, B.S. in Econ., 1914; New York representative to the U.S. Congress, 1939-1941; died 1941.
Hardie SCOTTBorn 1907; University of Pennsylvania, LL.B., 1934; Pennsylvania representative to the U.S. Congress, 1947-1953; died 1999.
John Roger Kirkpatrick SCOTTBorn 1873; Attended University of Pennsylvania Law School, 1894, but did not earn a degree; Pennsylvania representative to the U.S. Congress, 1915-1919; died 1945.
James SEARLEBorn 1730; Trustee, University of Pennsylvania, 1779-1782; Pennsylvania delegate to the Continental Congress, 1778-1780; died 1797.
Joshua SENEYBorn 1756; University of Pennsylvania, A.B., 1773 (Bachelor of Arts); Maryland delegate to the Continental Congress, 1778; Maryland representative to the U.S. Congress, 1789-1792; died 1798.
Jonathan Dickinson SERGEANTBorn 1746; University of Pennsylvania, A.B., 1763; New Jersey delegate to the Continental Congress, 1776-1777; died 1793.
Adam SEYBERTBorn 1773; University of Pennsylvania, M.D., 1793 (Doctor of Medicine); Pennsylvania representative to the U.S. Congress, 1809-1815, 1817-1819; died 1825.
Henry Marchmore SHAWBorn 1819; University of Pennsylvania, M.D., 1838; North Carolina representative to the U.S. Congress, 1853-1855, 1857-1859; died 1864.
William Biddle SHEPARDBorn 1799; University of Pennsylvania, A.B., 1819; North Carolina representative to the U.S. Congress, 1829-1837; died 1852.
John Edward SHERIDANBorn 1902; University of Pennsylvania B.S. in Econ., 1925; Pennsylvania representative to the U.S. Congress, 1939-1947; died 1987.
William SHIPPENBorn 1712; Trustee, University of Pennsylvania, 1779-1786; Pennsylvania delegate to the Continental Congress, 1779-1780; died 1801.
Jonathan Bayard SMITHBorn 1742; Trustee, University of Pennsylvania, 1779-1812; Pennsylvania delegate to the Continental Congress, 1777-1778; died 1812.
Arlen SPECTERBorn 1930; University of Pennsylvania, A.B., 1951; U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania, 1981-present; living.
John Selby SPENCEBorn 1788; Attended University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, 1805, but did not earn a degree; Pennsylvania representative to the U.S. Congress, 1823-1825; U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania, 1836-1840; died 1840.
Edward John STACKBorn 1910; University of Pennsylvania, LL.B., 1934; Florida representative to the U.S. Congress, 1979-1981; died 1989.
Samuel STERETTBorn 1758; University of Pennsylvania, Hon. A.M., 1782 (Master of Arts); Maryland representative to the U.S. Congress, 1791-1793; died 1833.
James Dale STRAWBRIDGEBorn 1824; University of Pennsylvania, M.D., 1847; Pennsylvania representative to the U.S. Congress, 1873-1875; died 1890.
Joel Barlow SUTHERLANDBorn 1792; University of Pennsylvania, M.D., 1812; Pennsylvania representative to the U.S. Congress, 1827-1837; died 1861.
John Augustus SWOPE Born 1827; Attended University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, 1848-1849; Pennsylvania representative to the U.S. Congress, 1884-1887; died 1910.
William TERRELLBorn 1778; Attended University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, 1803; Georgia representative to the U.S. Congress, 1817-1821; died 1855.
Martin Russell THAYERBorn 1819; University of Pennsylvania, A.B., 1840; Pennsylvania representative to the U.S. Congress, 1863-1867; died 1906.
John Chew THOMASBorn 1764; University of Pennsylvania, A.B., 1783; Maryland representative to the U.S. Congress, 1799-1801; died 1836.
John Parnell THOMAS Born and attended the University of Pennsylvania as John Parnell Feeney. He changed his birth surname in 1919. New Jersey representative to the U.S. Congress, 1937-1950; died 1970.
Hedge THOMPSONBorn 1780; University of Pennsylvania, M.D., 1802; New Jersey representative to the U.S. Congress, 1827-1828; died 1828.
James TILTONBorn 1745; University of Pennsylvania, M.B., 1768 (Bachelor of Medicine, School of Medicine); New Jersey delegate to the Continental Congress, 1783-1784; died 1822.
Philip Andrew TRAYNORBorn 1874; University of Pennsylvania, D.D.S., 1895 (Doctor of Dental Surgery, School of Dental Medicine); Delaware representative to the U.S. Congress, 1941-1943, 1945-1947; died 1962.
William Irvin TROUTMANBorn 1905; University of Pennsylvania, LL.B., 1930; Pennsylvania representative to the U.S. Congress, 1943-1945; died 1971.
Charles Murray TURPINBorn 1878; University of Pennsylvania, D.D.S., 1904; Pennsylvania representative to the U.S. Congress, 1929-1937; died 1946.
Jonathan Taylor UPDEGRAFFBorn 1822; University of Pennsylvania, M.D., 1845; Ohio representative to the U.S. Congress, 1879-1882; died 1882.
Joseph Philip VIGORITOBorn 1918; University of Pennsylvania, B.S. in Econ., 1947; Pennsylvania representative to the U.S. Congress, 1965-1977; living.
Percy WALKERBorn 1812; University of Pennsylvania, M.D., 1835; Alabama representative to the U.S. Congress, 1855-1857; died 1880.
Robert John WALKERBorn 1801; University of Pennsylvania, A.B., 1819; U.S. Senator from Mississippi, 1835-1845; Secretary of the Treasury, 1845-1849; died 1869.
George Marvin WALLHAUSERBorn 1900; University of Pennsylvania, A.B., 1922; New Jersey representative to the U.S. Congress, 1959-1965; died 1993.
Robert WALNBorn 1765; Trustee, University of Pennsylvania, 1811-1836; Pennsylvania representative to the U.S. Congress, 1798-1801; died 1836.
John Haines WARE IIIBorn 1908; University of Pennsylvania, B.S. in Econ., 1930 and LL.D., 1978; Trustee, 1965-1997; died 1997.
Anthony WAYNEBorn 1745; Attended Academy of Philadelphia, 1763-1764, but did not earn a degree; Georgia representative to the U.S. Congress, 1791-1792; died 1796.
James Dorman WEAVERBorn 1920; University of Pennsylvania, M.D., 1944; Pennsylvania representative to the U.S. Congress, 1963-1965; living.
Joseph Rodman WESTBorn 1822; Attended the College of the University of Pennsylvania, 1836-1837; U.S. Senator from Louisiana, 1871-1877; died 1898.
Jenkin WHITESIDEBorn 1772; University of Pennsylvania, A.B., 1792; U.S. Senator from Tennessee, 1809-1811; died 1822.
Hugh WILLIAMSONBorn 1735; University of Pennsylvania, A.B., 1757 and Hon. LL.D., 1787 (Doctor of Laws); Professor of Mathematics, 1761-1763; North Carolina delegate to the Continental Congress, 1782-1785, 1788; North Carolina representative to the U.S. Congress, 1790-1793; died 1819.
Thomas WILLINGBorn 1731; Trustee, University of Pennsylvania, 1760-1779, 1788-1791; Pennsylvania delegate to the Continental Congress, 1775-1776; died 1821.
James WILSONBorn 1742; University of Pennsylvania, Hon. A.M., 1766 (Master of Arts) and Hon. LL.D., 1790; Professor of Law, 1790-1798; Trustee, 1779, 1784-1789; Pennsylvania delegate to the Continental Congress, 1775-1776, 1783, 1785-1786; Signer of the Declaration of Independence; died 1798.
William Henry WILSONBorn 1877; University of Pennsylvania, LL.B., 1898; Pennsylvania representative to the U.S. Congress, 1935-1937; died 1937.
Charles Anderson WOLVERTONBorn 1880; University of Pennsylvania, LL.B., 1900; New Jersey representative to the U.S. Congress, 1927-1959; died 1969.

 

 

Hugh Williamson (1735-1819), A.B. 1757, LL.D. 1787, detail of portrait engraving
Hugh Williamson (1735-1819)

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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