William T. Granahan

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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 by Robert N. McGarvey
Succeeded by Kathryn E. Granahan
In office
January 3, 1945 – January 3, 1947
Preceded by Joseph Marmaduke Pratt
Succeeded by Robert N. McGarvey
Personal details
Born (1895-07-26)July 26, 1895
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Died May 25, 1956(1956-05-25) (aged 60)
Darby, Pennsylvania
Political party Democratic
Military service
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch United States Army
Rank Private
Battles/wars World War I

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.


Granahan was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and 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 in office in Darby, Pennsylvania. He was succeeded after his death by his wife, Kathryn E. Granahan.

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Joseph M. Pratt
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 2nd congressional district

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

Succeeded by
Kathryn E. Granahan