Sessions Office Position District Party
1891-1892 Representative Republican
1893-1894 Representative Republican
1895-1896 Representative Republican
1897-1898 Representative Republican
1899-1900 Representative Speaker Republican
Counties Lackawanna


07/18/1857 - 12/11/1933

FARR, John Richard, a Representative from Lackawanna County; born, July 18, 1857 in Scranton, Luzerne County (now Lackawanna County), Pa.; graduated, Phillips Academy, Andover, Ma., 1882; attended, Lafayette College; journalist; city editor, Scranton Republican; editor and proprietor, Scranton Courier-Progress; elected, school board, Scranton (4 years); elected as a Republican to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in 1890; reelected to serve for 4 consecutive terms thereafter; elected, Speaker (1898-1899); not a candidate for reelection to the House (1900); unsuccessful campaign, United States Congress (1908, 1920, 1930, 1932); elected, United States Congress (1911-1919); seated as a Republican to the United States Congress as a result of contested election (February 25, 1921-March 3, 1921); engaged, real estate; died, December 11, 1933 in Scranton, Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania; interred, Shady Lane Cemetery, Chinchilla, Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania.


Archival Collections

Papers of John R. Farr, 1891-1900, Pennsylvania House of Representatives Archives, Harrisburg.

Congressional Biography

After 5 session(s) serving in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, John R. Farr went on to serve in congress

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