Solomon Robert Dresser

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Solomon Robert Dresser
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 21st district
In office
March 4, 1903 – March 3, 1907
Preceded bySummers Melville Jack
Succeeded byCharles Frederick Barclay
Personal details
Born(1842-02-01)February 1, 1842
Litchfield, Michigan
DiedJanuary 21, 1911(1911-01-21) (aged 68)
Bradford, Pennsylvania
Political partyRepublican

Solomon Robert Dresser (February 1, 1842 – January 21, 1911) was an inventor and a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania.


Solomon R. Dresser was born in Litchfield, Michigan. He attended the common schools and Hillsdale College. He engaged in agricultural pursuits until 1865. He became an inventor of oil and gas well equipment, and moved to Pennsylvania in 1872 to work in the production of oil and gas. He was the founder and president of the S.R. Dresser Manufacturing Co.

Dresser was elected as a Republican to the Fifty-eighth and Fifty-ninth Congresses. He was not a candidate for renomination in 1906. He resumed former business pursuits and died in Bradford, Pennsylvania in 1911; he was originally interred in Oak Hill Cemetery, but his son (unhappy with the maintenance of the cemetery) had the 20 foot obelisk and the families graves moved to Willowdale Cemetery.


  • United States Congress. "Solomon R. Dresser (id: D000493)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  • The Political Graveyard
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Summers M. Jack
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 21st congressional district

Succeeded by
Charles F. Barclay