Pennsylvania's 25th Congressional District
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Pennsylvania's 25th Congressional District

Pennsylvania's 25th congressional district was one of Pennsylvania's districts of the United States House of Representatives.


In 1903 the district was drawn to cover Crawford and Erie counties, which had been its original area 60 years earlier.

The district was again moved in 1922. At this time it was redrawn to cover Washington and Greene counties.[1]

In 1942 the boundaries of the district were redrawn without actually moving it for the first time. Greene County was transferred to the 24th District while parts of Allegheny County south and west of down-town Pittsburgh were moved to the 25th District. In 1944 the district boundaries were totally redrawn. It now consisted of Beaver, Butler and Lawrence counties. These boundaries were then redrawn in 1972, with a small strip of northern Allegheny County being put in the 25th district.[2]

The district was eliminated in 1983.


In 1902 the district was drawn to cover an area with a population of 162,116. Only 4 of Pennsylvania's 30 districts had fewer people at this point. Some Pennsylvania districts had over 250,000 people at this point. 0.4% of the population of what would be the 25th district in 1902 was black in 1900.[3]


This district was created in 1833. In 1853, it consisted of Crawford County, Pennsylvania and Erie County, Pennsylvania at this point. The district had a population of 76,591.[4]

It was eliminated in 1863. This district was recreated in 1873. The district was held at-large until 1875. In 1875 it was made a geographical district covering Forest County, Pennsylvania, Clarion County, Pennsylvania, Jefferson County, Pennsylvania, Armstrong County, Pennsylvania and Indiana County, Pennsylvania. It had a population of 131,663.[5] In 1888 Pennsylvania congressional districts were redrawn because there was a decision to make Pennsylvania's 28th congressional district a geographical district and end its election at large. The 25th district was shifted to cover Butler County, Pennsylvania, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, Lawrence County, Pennsylvania and Mercer County, Pennsylvania.[6] These would remain the boundaries until 1912.

The district was eliminated in 1983.


List of representatives

Representative Party Years Cong
District created in 1833
JohnGalbraith.jpg John Gailbraith Jacksonian March 4, 1833 - March 3, 1837 23rd
No image.svg Arnold Plumer Democratic March 4, 1837 - March 3, 1839 25th
JohnGalbraith.jpg John Gailbraith Democratic March 4, 1839 - March 3, 1841 26th
No image.svg Arnold Plumer Democratic March 4, 1841 - March 3, 1843 27th
District eliminated in 1843, District recreated in 1853
No image.svg John Dick Whig March 4, 1853 - March 3, 1855 33rd
Opposition March 4, 1855 - March 3, 1857
Republican March 4, 1857 - March 3, 1859
Elijah Babbitt - Brady-Handy.jpg Elijah Babbitt Republican March 4, 1859 - March 3, 1863 36th
District eliminated in 1863, District recreated in 1875
George A. Jenks.jpg George A. Jenks Democratic March 4, 1875 - March 3, 1877 44th
Harry White Pennsylvania - Brady-Handy.jpg Harry White Republican March 4, 1877 - March 3, 1881 45th
Not a candidate for reelection
No image.svg James Mosgrove Greenback March 4, 1881 - March 3, 1883 47th Declined to be a candidate for renomination
No image.svg John D. Patton Democratic March 4, 1883 - March 3, 1885 48th Declined to be a candidate for renomination
No image.svg Alexander C. White Republican March 4, 1885 - March 3, 1887 49th Not a candidate for reelection
No image.svg James T. Maffett Republican March 4, 1887 - March 3, 1889 50th Not a candidate for renomination
No image.svg Charles C. Townsend Republican March 4, 1889 - March 3, 1891 51st Not a candidate for renomination
No image.svg Eugene P. Gillespie Democratic March 4, 1891 - March 3, 1893 52nd Unsuccessful candidate for reelection
ThomasWhartonPhillips.jpg Thomas W. Phillips Republican March 4, 1893 - March 3, 1897 53rd
Declined to be a candidate for renomination
vacant March 4, 1897 - April 20, 1897 James J. Davidson was elected to this seat in 1896 but died on January 2, 1897.
No image.svg Joseph B. Showalter Republican April 20, 1897 - March 3, 1903 55th
Not a candidate for reelection
Arthur Laban Bates.jpg Arthur L. Bates Republican March 4, 1903 - March 3, 1913 58th
Redistricted from the 26th district Declined to be a candidate for renomination
Milton William Shreve.JPG Milton W. Shreve Republican March 4, 1913 - March 3, 1915 63rd Unsuccessful candidate for reelection
Michael Liebel Jr. of Penn.jpg Michael Liebel, Jr. Democratic March 4, 1915 - March 3, 1917 64th Not a candidate for renomination
Henry Alden Clark.jpg Henry A. Clark Republican March 4, 1917 - March 3, 1919 65th Not a candidate for renomination
Milton William Shreve.JPG Milton W. Shreve Republican March 4, 1919 - March 3, 1923 66th
Redistricted to the 29th district
H.W. Temple-RPTS Class of 1887.png Henry W. Temple Republican March 4, 1923 - March 3, 1933 68th
Redistricted from the 24th district, Unsuccessful candidate for reelection
Rep. Charles I. Faddis 28076v.jpg Charles I. Faddis Democratic March 4, 1933 - December 4, 1942 73rd
Unsuccessful candidate for renomination, resigned to join the United States Army
vacant December 4, 1942 - January 3, 1943
No image.svg Grant Furlong Democrat January 3, 1943 - January 3, 1945 78th Unsuccessful candidate for renomination
No image.svg Louis E. Graham Republican January 3, 1945 - January 3, 1955 79th
Redistricted from the 26th district, Unsuccessful candidate for reelection
Frank M. Clark.jpg Frank M. Clark Democratic January 3, 1955 - December 31, 1974 84th
Unsuccessful candidate for reelection
vacant December 31, 1974 - January 3, 1975
Gary A. Myers.jpg Gary A. Myers Republican January 3, 1975 - January 3, 1979 94th
Not a candidate for renomination
Eugene Atkinson.png Eugene Atkinson Democratic January 3, 1979 - October 14, 1981 96th
Switched to Republican Party
Republican October 14, 1981 - January 3, 1983
District eliminated in 1983


  1. ^ Martis, Kenneth C. Historical Atlas of Political Parties in Congress. (New York: Macmillan, 1989) p. 177
  2. ^ Martis. Historical Atlas. p. 227
  3. ^ Parsons. Congressional Districts p. 407
  4. ^ Parsons, Stanley B., William W. Beach and Michael J. Dubin United States Congressional Districts and Data, 1843-1883 (Westport: Greenwood Press, 1986) p. 82
  5. ^ Parsons. Congressional Districts and Data. p. 210
  6. ^ Parsons, Stanley B., Michale J. Dubin and Karen Toombs Parsons. United States Congressional Districts, 1883-1913. (Westwood: Greenwood Press, 1990) p. 136

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