09/30/1833 - 05/28/1904

QUAY, Matthew Stanley, a Representative from Beaver and Washington Counties; born, September 30, 1833 in Dillsburg, York County, Pa.; attended, Beaver Academy; LL.B., Jefferson College (now Washington and Jefferson College), 1850; private military secretary, Governor Andrew Curtin (1861); first lieutenant, Company F, 39th Regiment, 10th Pennsylvania Volunteer Reserves (1861, Civil War); colonel, 134th Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry (1862, Civil War: congressional medal of honor recipient, 1888); State Agent, Pennsylvania Militia, Washington, DC (1862, Civil War); Military Secretary of Pennsylvania (1863-1865, Civil War); teacher; lawyer (1854-1904); appointed, prothonotary, Beaver County (1855); elected, prothonotary, Beaver County (1856-1861); elected as a Republican to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for the 1865, 1866, and 1867 terms; not a candidate for reelection to the House for the 1868 terms; publisher and editor, Beaver Radical (1868-1873); elected, delegate, Republican National Convention (1872, 1876, 1880, 1892, 1896, 1900); chair, Republican State Committee (1878-1879, 1895-1896); appointed, Secretary of the Commonwealth (1872-1878, 1879-1882); appointed, recorder, Philadelphia (1879); elected, delegate, chair, Republican National Committee (1881-1891); elected, State Treasurer (1885-1887); elected, United States Senator (1887-1899, 1901-1904); died, May 28, 1904 in Beaver, Beaver County, Pennsylvania; interred, Beaver Cemetery and Mausoleum, Beaver, Beaver County, Pennsylvania.


Archival Collections

Matthew Stanley Quay Papers, 1776-1949, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress, Washington, DC

Quay, Matthew S. Collection, MG-105, Pennsylvania State Archives, Pennsylvania Museum and Historical Commission, Harrisburg

Papers of Matthew Stanley Quay, 1836-1927, University of Pittsburgh, Archives of Industrial Society, Pittsburgh, Pa.

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