Library of Congress
PENROSE, Boies (1860-1921)
Senate Years of Service: 1897-1921

PENROSE, BOIES, a Senator from Pennsylvania; born in Philadelphia, Pa., November 1, 1860; attended the public schools and was prepared for college by private tutors; graduated from Harvard University in 1881; studied law; admitted to the bar in 1883 and commenced practice in Philadelphia; member, State house of representatives 1884-1886; member, State senate 1886-1897, when he resigned, having been elected United States Senator; president pro tempore of the State senate 1889-1891; unsuccessful candidate for mayor of Philadelphia 1895; elected as a Republican to the United States Senate in 1897; reelected in 1903, 1909, 1914 and 1920 and served from March 4, 1897, until his death; chairman, Committee on Immigration (Fifty-sixth and Fifty-seventh Congresses), Committee on Post Office and Post Roads (Fifty-eighth through Sixty-first Congresses), Committee on Education and Labor (Fifty-ninth Congress), Committee on Finance (Sixty-second, Sixty-sixth and Sixty-seventh Congresses), Committee on Additional Accommodations for the Library (Sixty-third through Sixty-fifth Congresses); elected a member of the Republican National Committee in 1904 and reelected in 1908; died in Washington, D.C., December 31, 1921; interment in Laurel Hill Cemetery, Philadelphia, Pa.

College of Physicians of Philadelphia
Philadelphia, PA
Papers: In Michael O'Hara correspondence, 1889-1903.

Columbia University
Oral History Project
New York, NY
Oral history: Discussed in interview (1951) with James Curtis, 334 pages. Permission required to cite or quote.

Dickinson College Library
Carlisle, PA
Papers: 1894-1906. 4 letters.

Hagley Museum and Library
Greenville, DE
Papers: In John Mitchell papers, 1885-1919, on 55 microfilm reels; and Archibald Johnston papers, 1894-1923.

Historical Society of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA
Papers: Correspondence in Joseph Hampton Moore papers, 1884-1949.

Knox College
Seymour Library
Galesburg, IL
Papers: 1 letter (May 9, 1903) in Seymour autograph collection, 1750-1945.

Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission
Harrisburg, PA
Papers: 289 items (1882, 1887, 1894-1909, 1911-1914, 1916-1921) in various collections. Political correspondence, patronage recommendations, and telegrams. Finding aid.

Pennsylvania State University Libraries
University Park, PA
Papers: 1889. 1 item. Journal with brief entries about legal and political matters and Pennsylvania history. Also correspondence in George Washington Atherton papers, 1837-1950.

Rosenbach Museum and Library
Philadelphia, PA
Papers: In souvenir program of fiftieth anniversary of opening of Union League of Philadelphia House, May 11, 1915.

State Historical Society of Wisconsin
Archives Division
Madison, WI
Papers: 1914 Senate campaign discussed in Horace Curzon Plunkett correspondence, 1908-1919, on 1 microfilm reel of originals in Plunkett Foundation of Cooperative Studies, London.

University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA
Papers: In Frazer family papers, 1779-1955 (bulk 1860-1909).

West Virginia University
West Virginia and Regional History Collection
Morgantown, WV
Papers: Correspondence in Howard Sutherland papers, 1914-1921.

  • Allinson, Edward Pease, and Boies Penrose. The City Government of Philadelphia. 1886. Reprint. New York: Johnson Reprint Corp., 1973.
  • Beers, Paul B. "Boies Penrose 1860-1921.'' In Pennsylvania Kingmakers, edited by Robert G. Crist, pp. 39-47. Pennsylvania History Studies no. 15. University Park: Pennsylvania Historical Association, 1985.
  • Bowden, Robert Douglas. Boies Penrose: Symbol of an Era. 1937. Reprint. Freeport, NY: Books for Libraries Press, 1971.
  • Davenport, Walter. Power and Glory, the Life of Boies Penrose. 1931. Reprint. New York: AMS Press, 1969.
  • Lukacs, John. "Big Grizzly.'' American Heritage 29 (October/November 1978): 72-81.
  • ___. "Boies Penrose; or, The Conservative as Gargantua.'' In Philadelphia Patricians & Philistines, 1900-1950, pp. 49-82. 1981. Reprint. Philadelphia: ISHI Publications, 1982.
  • U.S. Congress. Senators from Pennsylvania. Memorial Addresses Delivered in the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States in Memory of Philander C. Knox, Boies Penrose, William E. Crow, Late Senators from Pennsylvania. 67th Cong. 4th sess., 1922-1923. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1924.