Member Biography

Abraham Heistand Glatz 


Portrait: Abraham Hiestand Glatz, 1868: © From the Collection of the York County Heritage Trust, York, PA (publishing restrictions apply)

Sessions Office Position District Party
1862       18 Democrat
1863       18 Democrat
1864       18 Democrat
1865       18 Democrat
1866       18 Democrat
1867       18 Democrat
1868       18 Democrat

COUNTIES: Cumberland, York  


11/03/1835 - 12/28/1894

Brigadier General Abraham Hiestand Glatz (D18) York 1862-1868

Early Life: 

Brigadier General Abraham Hiestand Glantz, born November 3, 1835, Accomac, Hellam Township, York County, Pennsylvania; son of Doctor Jacob Glatz and Susan Hiestand; Princeton College, 1854; brigadier general, Pennsylvania Militia; staff Quartermaster, Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, Civil War, 1861; farmer; elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania House of Representatives, 1857-1858; charter member, Pennsylvania German Society; elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1861-1868; trustee, Millersville State Normal School, 1864-1867; Vice-President of the Farmers' Mutual Fire Insurance Company of Pennsylvania, 1876; died, December 28, 1894, instantaneous paralytic stroke in bed, York, York County, Pennsylvania; interment, Prospect Hill Cemetery, York, York County, Pennsylvania.

Early Career:

Brigadier general, Pennsylvania Militia before Civil War; enlisted, May 3, 1861, Camp Curtin, staff Quartermaster, 16th Pennsylvania Regiment, Jackson Guards, Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry: duty at Chambersburg; Williamsport, Maryland; Martinsburg, West Virginia;  en route to Bull Run; Bunker Hill; skirmish at Smithfield; Harpers Ferry, and mustered out July 30, 1861, Harrisburg.

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

Trustee, Millersville State Normal School, 1864-1867; Grand Master, Mason’s Lodge; Charter member, Pennsylvania German Society: member, Mason Lodge Number 266, York.

Pennsylvania Politics:

Elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania House of Representatives, 1857-1858, not a candidate for reelection, House, 1859.  

Elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1862-1868; member, Agriculture and Public Manufactures, Corporations, Public Buildings and Road and Bridges Committees.

Pennsylvania House of Representatives Biography:

Went by A. Hiestand Glatz, fraternal twin with his sister Margaret,(i)


Smull’s Legislative Hand Book, (1868) Smull, J.A., Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, pages 275 and 280-282.

Wilkes-Barre Times Leader, Evening News, Wilkes-Barre Record (Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania) Monday December 31, 1894, Page 1

The Philadelphia Times (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) Tuesday January 1, 1895, Page 3