George Munson Wertz (R35) Cambria County 1909-1912
George Munson Wertz born January 18, 1856, Stonycreek Township, Johnstown, Cambria County, Pennsylvania; son of Jacob Wertz and Mary Hoffman; education, Ebensburg Academy, National Normal School, Lebanon, Ohio; married Louise Gitsch, children, Zitella Wertz, Ada Olive Wertz Hager, Jacob Elbert Wertz, George M Wertz; teacher, 1876-1884; farming, fruit growing; school director 1886-1894; Cambria County Commissioner, 1893-1896; sheriff of Cambria County 1897-1901; elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate 1908-1912, president pro tempore, 1911-1912; publisher, president, Johnstown Daily Leader, 1911-1917; Comptroller of Cambria County 1914-1916; elected, Republican, Sixty-eighth Congress 1923-1925; engaged, real estate business; died, November 19, 1928 (age 72 years, 123 days); Johnstown, Cambria County, Pennsylvania; interment, Grandview Cemetery, Southmont, Cambria County, Pennsylvania.
Manager, Cambria Steel Company, where his accomplishments included securing options for control of the Manufacturer's Water Company, Somerset County. Publisher and president, Johnstown Daily Leader, 1911-1917, creating Cambria County's first afternoon newspaper.
Professional titles; business ownership; board memberships; local government; club memberships:
Member, Evangelical Lutheran Church; Summit Lodge Masons; Johnstown School of Instruction – Masons; knighted, Oriental Commandery, No. 61, Knights Templar.
School director 1886-1894; county commissioner 1893-1896; sheriff of Cambria County 1897-1901.
Elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 35th district, 1909-1913, elected, President pro tempore, recess, 1911-1912; defeated, re-election, Fusion Democrat, Jacob Stinemean, 1912; committee assignments, Appropriations, Congressional Apportionment, Corporations (Chairman), Judiciary Special, Municipal Affairs, Public Health and Sanitation Public Roads and Highways.
Appointed, Governor John Kinley Tener, Comptroller of Cambria County, 1914-1916.
Continued Government Service/National Politics:
Elected, Sixty-eighth Congress, United States House of Representatives, Pennsylvania's 20th district, 1923-1925, unsuccessful candidate, Republican primary, renomination, 1924.
The Pennsylvania Manual, (1912). Miller, H.P., (Compiler). Baker, W.H., (Assistant Compiler). Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, pages 1003, 1010-1013, Biographical Sketches of Senators, page 984.