Simon Peter Wolverton was born in Rush Township, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania on January 28, 1837. He attended the common schools and Danville Academy, and later graduated from Lewisburg University, also known as Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. He was principal of Sunbury Academy from 1860–1862. Wolverton studied law and was called to the bar in 1862; he began practising in Sunbury, Pennsylvania.
During the American Civil War Wolverton raised a company of emergency men, of which he was appointed captain in 1862. He served in the Eighteenth Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers. He was later chosen as captain of Company F, Thirty-Sixth Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers in June 1863.
After the war he was elected to the Pennsylvania Senate thrice, i.e. in 1878, 1880 and 1884. He was the Democratic nominee for the United States Senate in the joint convention of 1884. He was elected to the 52nd Congress and the 53rd Congress (March 4, 1891 - March 3, 1895). He failed to be renominated in 1894, and continued to practise law in Sunbury until his death on October 25, 1910. He was interred in Sunbury's Pomfret Manor Cemetery.
- United States Congress. "Simon Peter Wolverton (id: W000685)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved on 2008-02-15
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