On June 24, resolutions sponsored by Rep. Kathy Rapp (R-Warren/Forest/McKean) and Sen. Scott Hutchinson (R-Warren/Butler/Clarion/Erie/Venango) commemorating the life and achievements of Charles Warren Stone on the 170th anniversary of his birth unanimously passed both the state House and Senate.
Born on June 29, 1843, Stone was elected to serve the people of Warren County in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in 1869.
“From his humble beginnings as a school principal and local attorney to proudly representing the citizens of Warren County at some of the highest levels of elected office, Charles Warren Stone personified what it means to be a lifetime public servant who was truly dedicated to bettering his community, his Commonwealth and his country,” said Rapp. “The purpose of my resolution is to make sure his tremendous legacy is never forgotten.”
In 1876, Stone was elected to the Senate of this Commonwealth where he served as chair of the Judiciary General Committee. As a lasting tribute to his accomplishments in the state legislature, Mr. Stone’s portrait still hangs in the Rules Room of the state Senate.
“I was pleased to have the opportunity to recognize the achievements of former Lt. Governor Charles Warren Stone in the Senate,” said Hutchinson. “Throughout his life, Stone demonstrated a commitment to public service and a drive toward self-improvement. He left a lasting impact on our region and the Commonwealth.”
Stone next moved on to the executive branch to serve as Pennsylvania’s lieutenant governor during the term of Gov. Henry M. Hoyt from 1879 to 1883.
“I am delighted to join with Representative Rapp and Senator Hutchinson in recognizing the legacy of Lt. Governor Stone,” said Lt. Governor Jim Cawley. “He was a man who set a new standard in public service, distinguishing himself in every one of the many offices he held in both state and federal government. I am honored to walk in his footsteps.”
In 1887, Stone was appointed as Secretary of the Commonwealth and served in this post until his resignation to accept a nomination for Congress. He was elected to the U.S. Congress in 1890 and proudly represented his constituents on the national stage until 1899.
After his retirement from the political arena, Stone returned to the practice of law and remained very active in his community serving as a director, officer or board member for several corporations and nonprofit organizations such as the Warren Savings Bank, Cumberland Railroad Company, Union Lumber Company, Warren County Public Library and as the first president of the Warren County Historical Society.