William T. Granahan


William Thomas Granahan (July 26, 1895 – May 25, 1956) was a Democratic politician from the U.S. state of Pennsylvania, most prominently serving in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1945–47 and 1949-56.

William T. Granahan
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 2nd district
In office
January 3, 1949 – May 25, 1956
Preceded byRobert N. McGarvey
Succeeded byKathryn E. Granahan
In office
January 3, 1945 – January 3, 1947
Preceded byJoseph Marmaduke Pratt
Succeeded byRobert N. McGarvey
Personal details
Born(1895-07-26)July 26, 1895
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
DiedMay 25, 1956(1956-05-25) (aged 60)
Darby, Pennsylvania
Political partyDemocratic
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/serviceUnited States Army
Battles/warsWorld War I


Granahan was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, all four of his grandparents were Irish immigrants.[1] He attended parochial schools and La Salle Extension University in Chicago, Illinois. During World War I, he was a private in the U.S. Army, serving in the Army of Occupation in Germany. After the war, he entered the building business.

In the late 1930s, he entered the world of Democratic politics, serving as a member of the state party committee from 1938-42. In 1940, he entered the state government, becoming the state supervisor of the inheritance tax, and in 1941 he moved up to become chief disbursing officer of the state's treasury.

After being sent to Congress in the 1944 elections, he lost a bid for reelection, defeated by Republican Robert N. McGarvey. However, he took back the seat from Congressman McGarvey two years later, and went on to serve four more terms until dying from a heart seizure following a minor abdominal surgery at Fitzgerald Mercy Hospital in Darby, Pennsylvania.[2] He was succeeded after his death by his wife, Kathryn E. Granahan.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "United States Census, 1900", FamilySearch, retrieved March 25, 2018
  2. ^ Rep. William Granahan; Defiance Crescent; Defiance, Ohio; Page 2; May 25, 1956

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 2nd congressional district

Succeeded by
Preceded by Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 2nd congressional district

Succeeded by