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Pennsylvania: Secretaries of Internal Affairs


Pennsylvania Secretaries of Internal Affairs, 1875-1968 (May be incomplete!)
William McCandless 1875-79 Aaron K. Dunkle 1879-83 J. Simpson Africa 1883-87 Thomas J. Stewart 1887-95 Isaac B. Brown 1895 James W. Latta 1895-1903 Isaac B. Brown 1903-07 Henry Houck 1907-17 Paul W. Houck 1917-19 James F. Woodward 1919-27 Genevieve Blatt 1955-66 John K. Tabor 1967-68

Events and Candidates (may be incomplete!)

  • 1895 Jan 16: Thomas J. Stewart, resigned; Isaac B. Brown, appointed.
  • 1910: John J. Casey, defeated.
  • 1917 Mar 13: Henry Houck, died in office.
  • 1918 Nov 5: James F. Woodward (Rep & Washington), elected; Asher R. Johnson (Dem), defeated; Thomas H. Hamilton (Prohibition), defeated; William Adams (Socialist), defeated; Jerome C. Reis (Single Tax), defeated.
  • 1922 Nov 7: James F. Woodward (Rep), elected; A. Marshall Thompson (Dem), defeated; Charles I. Dunbar (Progressive), defeated; Ella Broomell (Prohibition), defeated; Mary Winsor (Socialist), defeated; Lewis Ryan (Single Tax), defeated; Thomas E. North (Industrial), defeated.
  • 1926 Nov 2: James F. Woodward (Rep & Labor), elected; John Murphy (Dem), defeated; Elizabeth M. Sherman (Prohibition), defeated; William J. Van Essen (Socialist), defeated; Max Jenkins (Workers), defeated; Sarah W. Dix (Commonwealth Land), defeated.
  • 1930 Nov 4: Philip H. Dewey (Rep), elected; Lucy D. Winston (Dem), defeated; Frank Note (Communist), defeated; Fred W. Litten (Prohibition), defeated; David Rinne (Socialist), defeated.
  • 1934 Nov 6: Thomas A. Logue (Dem), elected; M. Harvey Taylor (Rep), defeated; Franz E. Daniel (Socialist), defeated; Mabel D. Pennock (Prohibition), defeated; Dan H. Slinger (Communist), defeated; Charles W. Kane (Industrial Labor), defeated.
  • 1954 May 18: Genevieve Blatt (Dem), nominated unopposed.
  • 1954 May 18: Gaynelle M. Dixon (Rep), nominated; William S. Livengood, Jr. (Rep), defeated in primary.
  • 1954 Nov 2: Genevieve Blatt (Dem), elected; Gaynelle M. Dixon (Rep), defeated; Elizabeth Frazier (Progressive), defeated; Thomas Grady (Socialist Labor), defeated.
  • 1958 May 20: Genevieve Blatt (Dem), nominated; Michael A. Cannavino (Dem), defeated in primary; Lucian J. Ciletti (Dem), defeated in primary.
  • 1958 May 20: Andrew J. Gleason (Rep), nominated; Albert R. Pechan (Rep), defeated in primary.
  • 1958 Nov 4: Genevieve Blatt (Dem), elected; Andrew J. Gleason (Rep), defeated.
  • 1962 May 15: Genevieve Blatt (Dem), nominated unopposed.
  • 1962 May 15: Audrey R. Kelly (Rep), nominated unopposed.
  • 1962 Nov 6: Genevieve Blatt (Dem), elected; Audrey R. Kelly (Rep), defeated; Herman A. Johansen (Socialist Labor), defeated.
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