Member Biography

Joseph S. Waream 

Sessions Office Position District Party
1873       22 Democrat
1874       22 Democrat
1875       22 Democrat


1833 - 02/21/1880

Captain Joseph S. Waream (D32) Perry, Mifflin and Juanita Counties 1873-1875

Early Life: 

Joseph S. Waream, born 1833; bricklayer, teacher; Register and Recorder of Mifflin County, 1857, Logan Guards, 1857-1861; captain, wounded, Civil War, 1861-1863, 1865; Clerk of the County Commission, 1866-1873; Justice of the Peace, 1866-1873; elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1873-1875; married, Mabel Jane Soule, 1853; died, February 21, 1880, paralysis of the brain, Lewistown, Mifflin County, Pennsylvania; interment, Saint Marks Cemetery, Lewistown, Mifflin County, Pennsylvania. 

Early Career:

Enlisted, corporal, Second Sargent, Logan Guards, 25th Regiment; reenlisted 131st Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, August 1862, Camp Curtin, Harrisburg, nine-month service, captain; wounded at Fredericksburg and mustered out with the company, May 23, 1863; reenlisted, Orderly Sergeant, Company C, 78th Regiment, February 18, 1865, mustered out, September 11, 1865, Nashville, Tennessee.   

Pennsylvania Politics:

Register and Recorder of Mifflin County 1857.

Clerk of the County Commission, 1866-1873.

Justice of the Peace, 1866-1873.

Elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 32nd district, Perry, Mifflin and Juanita Counties, 1873-1875; committee assignments, Banks Pensions and Gratuities, Public Printing. 


Logan Guard with Second Lieutenant Joseph S. Waream, participated in the ceremonies to the inauguration of Governor Andrew Curtin, January, 1861, the reception of Mr. Abraham Lincoln, President elect, 22nd of February following.


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

Smull’s Legislative Handbook, (1875). Smull, J.A., (Editor) Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, pages 602, 606-608.

PA Civil War Soldiers - Logan Guard of the First Defenders - Free Pennsylvania Genealogy 

The Kane Weekly Blade (Kane, Pennsylvania) Thursday February 26, 1880, Page 2.

Joseph S Waream (1832-1880) - Find a Grave Memorial