Member Biography

John Walls 

Sessions Office Position District Party
1865       14 Democrat
1866       14 Democrat
1867       14 Democrat


08/24/1800 - 06/05/1891

Judge John Walls (D14) Lycoming, Union and Snyder Counties 1865-1867 

Early Life:

Judge John Walls, born August 24,1800, Halifax, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, son of Isaac and Mary Shepley Walls; school, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; sixteen employed, McCleary's Mercantile, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; engaged, mercantile, grainer, cement; married, Margaret Adlum Green, 1832, (d.1858) children; Abbot Green, Augustus Green, Mary Ellen Maise, Sarah McCleary, George Washington, Margaret “Maggie” Green, John Johnson, William Cameron; married, Sarah J. Wilson; engaged, banking, railroading; appointed, associate Judge, Union County, 1861-1865, resigned; elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1865-1867; died, June 5, 1891 (aged 90) Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania; interment Lewisburg Cemetery, Lewisburg, Union County, Pennsylvania

Early Career:

Left home at age fourteen to attend school, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; sixteen employed, McCleary's Mercantile, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; training period, McCleary's Mercantile, sent to Milton, Pennsylvania, work under the supervision of Michael Hoff, 1818;  opened his own store, McCleary and Walls, McKee's Half Falls, 1827; opened two more branches, Muncy, 1829, Lewisburg, 1831; engaged, grain dealer; contract, Pennsylvania Canal Company, hydraulic cement, 1827-1829; formed J. and J. Walls, Lewisburg, with brother Johnston, 1844. 

Professional titles; business ownership; board memberships; local government; club memberships:

Board of Directors, Bank of Northumberland; founder, Lewisburg Dimes Savings Institution, chartered, 1853, re-chartered as, life-long member, Board of Directors, Lewisburg National Bank, 1865; charter member, one of the founders, Lewisburg, Centre, Spruce Creek Railroad, 1853, Lewisburg linked, Juniata County, other sections of the Susquehanna Valley, 1869, director, Union National Bank; member, Lewisburg; building committee, Union County Court House, completed, 1857; manager, Lewisburg and Mifflinburg Turnpike Company, reestablished by the state legislature, 1858; president, board of directors, Lewisburg Gas Works, 1866; director, Lewisburg Bridge Company, 1865-1869.

Pennsylvania Politics:

Appointed, Governor Andrew Gregg Curtin, associate Judge, Union County, 1861-1865, resigned. 

Elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 14th district, Lycoming, Union and Snyder Counties, 1865-1867; committee assignments, Accounts, Finance, Roads and Bridges.


Suffering from a cancerous growth, John Walls submitted to the amputation of his right hand, 1880; afterward, he learned to write with his left hand; lump developed in his throat, traveled to Philadelphia for treatment by a noted surgery; collapsed while recovering, Pennsylvania Hospital, died, June 5, 1891.


Cox, Harold. "Senate Members W"Wilkes University Election Statistics Project. Wilkes University.

Smull’s Legislative Handbook, (1866). Smull, J.A., (Editor) Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, pages 257, 261-263.

Lewisburg Chronicle (Lewisburg, Pennsylvania) Thursday June 11, 1891, Page 1 

John Walls (1800-1891) - Find a Grave Memorial