Manuscript Group 450
SIMON P. WOLVERTON PAPERS
1 cubic foot
Senator Simon P. Wolverton was born in Rush Township, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania, on January 28, 1837. He attended Danville Academy and graduated from Lewisburg University in 1860. He was principal of Sunbury Academy, 1860-1862; and was then admitted to the bar in 1862, beginning his law practice in Sunbury. During the Civil War, Wolverton raised a company of emergency men and was made captain of the company in 1862. He served in the 18th Regiment of Pennsylvania Volunteers, and was chosen captain of Company F, 36th Regiment in June 1863. Wolverton was a member of the State Senate in 1878, 1880, and 1884. He was the Democratic Nominee for U.S. Senate in the Joint Convention of 1884, and was elected as a Democrat to the 52nd and 53rd Congresses (March 4, 1891 to March 3, 1895). He returned to his law practice in Sunbury, where he resided until his death on October 25, 1910.
The collection consists of several hundred letters written to Senator Simon P.
Wolverton in the 1890s about his business relationships with the Philadelphia
and Reading Coal and Iron Company of Pottsville; and the Philadelphia and Reading