Member Biography

John Morgan Greer 


Portrait, Governor’s Photograph Album,1878, RG 22, PSA

Sessions Office Position District Party
1877       41 Republican
1878       41 Republican
1879-1880       41 Republican
1881-1882       41 Republican
1883-1884       41 Republican

COUNTIES: Armstrong, Butler  


08/03/1844 - 03/16/1912

Captain John Morgan Greer (R41) Armstrong and Butler Counties, 1877-1884

Early Life: 

Born August 3, 1844, Jefferson Township, Butler County, Pennsylvania, son of Thomas and Margaret Jane Morgan Greer; educated, home and common schools, attending Connoquenessing Academy, Zelienople, Pennsylvania; teacher, 1861-1862; Sargent, Civil War, 1862-1863, 1864-1865; Captain Pennsylvania, National Guard, 1866, married Julia S. Butler, 1864, children, Hattie, Thomas, John and Robert; attorney; Butler County, bar; elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1877-1884; unsuccessful republican candidate, Secretary of Interior, 1882; Inspector, Soldiers Orphans Schools, Governor James A. Beaver, 1887-1891, resigned; founder supporter, trustee, Slippery Rock State Normal School, 1889; President Judge, 17th Judicial District, 1893, President Judge 15th Judicial District, redistricting, 1895;  died, March 16, 1912 (aged 67) interment North Side Cemetery, Butler, Butler County, Pennsylvania.  

 Early Life:   

Enlisted, 1862, Company D, 137th Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, nine-month service; battles of South Mountain, Antietam, Fredericksburg, and Chancellorsville, 1863; re-enlisted, March 1864, Battery E, 2d Pennsylvania Artillery, reorganized, 2nd Provisional Artillery; Sargent, Battery B, Ninth United States Army Corps;  returned to action, Wilderness; Spotsylvania; wounded, shot through the left thigh at the Battle of the Crater, part of the siege of Petersburg; military hospital, March 1865; returned, Appomattox, mustered out with his regiment, February 1866, commissioned Captain, Pennsylvania National Guard. 

Teacher; read law, Judge Charles McCandless; admitted, Butler County bar, September 23, 1867; entered private practice; Butler County district attorney, 1868; law partnership, Judge Charles McCandless, 1873. 

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

Founder supporter, trustee, Slippery Rock State Normal School, 1889; now known as Slippery Rock University; member, Grand Army of the Republic Post 105

Pennsylvania Politics:

Elected, Republican Pennsylvania State Senate, 41st district Armstrong and Butler Counties, 1877-1884; committee assignments, Federal Relations, Insurance, Judiciary Apportionment (Chairman), Judiciary General, New Counties New Seats. 

Unsuccessful Republican candidate, Secretary of Interior, 1882.

Continued Government Service/National Politics:

Inspector of the Soldiers Orphans Schools Governor James A. Beaver, 1887- resigned 1891. 

President Judge, 17th Judicial District, 1893, President Judge 15th Judicial District, redistricting, 1895. 


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

Smull’s Legislative Handbook, (1883). Smull, W.P., (Editor) Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, pages 765, 770-772, Biographical Sketches of Senators, page 731.

John Morgan Greer (1844-1912) - Find a Grave Memorial