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John Edgar Reyburn (February 7, 1845 – January 4, 1914) was an American politician from Ohio who served as a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives for Pennsylvania's 4th congressional district from 1890 to 1897 and Mayor of Philadelphia.

John Edgar Reyburn
John Edgar Reyburn (Pennsylvania Congressman Philadelphia Mayor).jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 4th district
In office
February 18, 1890 – March 3, 1897
Preceded byWilliam D. Kelley
Succeeded byJames R. Young
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 2nd district
In office
November 6, 1906 – March 31, 1907
Preceded byRobert Adams, Jr.
Succeeded byJoel Cook
Member of the Pennsylvania Senate from the 5th district
In office
Preceded byThomas Valentine Cooper
Succeeded byCharles A. Porter
Member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
BornFebruary 7, 1845 (1845-02-07)
New Carlisle, Ohio
DiedJanuary 4, 1914 (1914-01-05) (aged 68)
Washington, D.C.
Citizenship United States
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Margaretta Eleanor Crozier Reyburn
ChildrenWilliam Stuart Reyburn

Robert Crozier Reyburn

Eleanor Crozier Reyburn Harrington
Alma materSaunders Institute
ProfessionAttorney politician

Early life and educationEdit

Reyburn (father of William S. Reyburn) was born in New Carlisle, Ohio, the son of William and Lydia Reeder Crain Reyburn. He was instructed by a private tutor and attended Saunders Institute in West Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1870, and commenced practice in Philadelphia. He married Margaretta Eleanor Crozier, and they had three children, William Stuart, Robert Crozier, and Eleanor Crozier.[1]


Reyburn was a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in 1871 and again in 1874 through 1876. He was a member of the Pennsylvania State Senate from 1876 through 1892 and served as president pro tempore during the session of 1883.[2]

Elected to Congress as a Republican to fill the vacancy left by the death of William D. Kelley, Reyburn was reelected three times and served from February 18, 1890, to March 3, 1897, until he was an unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1896. He was again elected to Congress to fill the vacancy left by the death of Robert Adams, Jr. and was reelected in 1906 to the 60th United States Congress, serving from November 6, 1906, to March 31, 1907, when he resigned to serve as Mayor of Philadelphia. Elected in the 1907 Philadelphia mayoral election, he served as mayor from April 1, 1907, to December 4, 1911, and engaged in manufacturing in Philadelphia, but retained a residence in Washington, D.C.[3]


Reyburn died on January 4, 1914 in his Washington, D.C. residence and is interred in Laurel Hill Cemetery in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.[4]


  1. ^ "John E. Reyburn". Retrieved 10 November 2013.
  2. ^ "Pennsylvania State Senate - John Edgar Reyburn Biography". Retrieved 16 February 2019.
  3. ^ "John E. Reyburn". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 9 November 2013.
  4. ^ "John Edgar Reyburn". Retrieved 16 February 2019.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
William D. Kelley
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 4th congressional district

Succeeded by
James R. Young
Preceded by
Robert Adams, Jr.
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 2nd congressional district

Succeeded by
Joel Cook
Political offices
Preceded by
John Weaver
Mayor of Philadelphia
Succeeded by
Rudolph Blankenburg