04/19/1819 - 06/10/1896

FERNON, Thomas Sargent, a Representative from Philadelphia County; born, April 19, 1819 in Kensington, Philadelphia County, Pa.; portrait painter; elected as a Democrat to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in 1845, 1846 and 1847; elected, Pennsylvania State Senate (1850-1852); investor and president, North Pennsylvania Railroad; president, Chester Valley Railroad; publisher, United States Mining and Railroad Register (1857-1869); author; poet; died, June 10, 1896 in Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania; interred, Laurel Hill Cemetery, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania. 


Archival Collections

Thomas Fernon Poetry Journal, SC2013.054, Edward H. Nabb Research Center for Delmarva History and Culture, Salisbury University, Salisbury, Maryland.



Fernon, Thomas S. Fernon’s North Pennsylvania Railroad Pamphlets. Philadelphia: North Pennsylvania Railroad Company, 1852-1863. 

Fernon, Thomas S. Philadelphia’s Great North Route: North Pennsylvania Railroad, to Connect Philadelphia with North Pennsylvania, Western New York, the Lakes and Canada West. Philadelphia: Brown’s Steam Power Book, Card, and Job Printing Office, 1853.

Fernon, Thomas S. No Dynasty in North America. Philadelphia: Press of Henry B. Ashmead, 1878.

Fernon, Thomas S. Free Trade Means Serf and Famine Fare. Philadelphia: Press of H.B. Ashmead, 1880.

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