Martin Grove Brumbaugh

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Martin Grove Brumbaugh
26th Governor of Pennsylvania
In office
January 20, 1915 – January 15, 1919
Lieutenant Frank McClain
Preceded by John Tener
Succeeded by William Sproul
Personal details
Born (1862-04-14)April 14, 1862
Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania
Died March 14, 1930 (aged 67)
Pinehurst, North Carolina
Political party Republican
Religion Church of the Brethren

Martin Grove Brumbaugh, A.M., Ph.D. (April 14, 1862 – March 14, 1930) was Pennsylvania's 26th Governor, a Republican. He is frequently referred to as M.G. Brumbaugh, as is common in the Brumbaugh family. He was president of Juniata College and the first education commissioner for Puerto Rico.[1]


Martin Grove Brumbaugh

Brumbaugh grew up in rural Huntingdon County and worked in the combination country store-post office that was operated by his father. He was raised in a small pacifist faith with German roots that was popularly called the New Dunkers. Brumbaugh attended Huntingdon Normal School, graduating in 1881. A voracious reader and researcher, he later earned degrees in mechanical engineering, philosophy, and the general sciences before earning a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1894. He returned to Huntingdon Normal School, now renamed Juniata College, in 1895, and continued at the post until 1910. He remained closely connected to the college, returning to the position of the president in 1924.

A leading proponent of educational modernization, Brumbaugh oversaw reform of the teacher training curriculum for the state of Louisiana, was charged with implemented an American-style educational system in Puerto Rico, and held lecturer positions at the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard University. In 1906, he became superintendent of the Philadelphia Public Schools and gained statewide recognition for his performance in this role. A conservative and religious but usually nonpolitical man, Brumbaugh was nevertheless courted by the Republican Party to run for governor in 1914, after corruption and infighting marred the 1910 campaign.

While in office, Brumbaugh fought to expand educational funding, spur highway construction, and support farmers but also blocked labor reform and supported alcohol prohibition.

Brumbaugh died of a heart attack on March 14, 1930 while playing golf on vacation in Pinehurst, North Carolina.[1]


Brumbaugh Hall is one of the 14 residence halls in the East Halls area of the Pennsylvania State University University Park campus, all named after Pennsylvania Governors.


  1. ^ a b "M. G. Brumbaugh, Ex-Governor, Dies. Former Head of Pennsylvania Government Stricken While Playing Golf in South. Prominent As Educator. President of Juniata College. Was First Education Commissioner to Porto Rico.". New York Times. March 15, 1930. Retrieved 2014-01-17. "Stricken with heart disease while playing golf at the Pinehurst Country Club, Martin G. Brumbaugh of Huntingdon, Pa., former Governor of Pennsylvania and president of ..." 

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Political offices
Preceded by
John Tener
Governor of Pennsylvania
Succeeded by
William Sproul
Party political offices
Preceded by
John Tener
Republican nominee for Governor of Pennsylvania
Succeeded by
William Sproul