Member Biography

Jacob Dachrodt 


Portrait: History of Easton, 252, PSA Library

Sessions Office Position District Party
1887-1888       18 Democrat
1889-1890       18 Democrat

COUNTIES: Northampton  


09/11/1828 - 06/04/1909

Jacob Dachrodt (D18) Northampton County 1887-1890

Early Life: 

Jacob Dachrodt, born September 11, 1828, Easton, Northampton County, Pennsylvania, son of John and Julia Dachrodt; graduated from Professor John Wandervere’s private school; Easton City Council, 1853-1856; lieutenant colonel, Civil War; 1861-1863; elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1887-1890; engaged, butcher 1864-1899; married, Isabelle Dachrodt, 1852, son, John Dachrodt; died, June 4, 1909, Easton, Northampton County, Pennsylvania, interment, Easton Cemetery, Easton, Northampton County, Pennsylvania. (i)

Early Career:

Enlisted, 33 years old, Captain, Company B, 1st Regiment, Pennsylvania Voluntary Infantry, April 1861, mustered out, July 27, 1861; reenlisted, Lieutenant Colonel, 153rd Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, October, 1862, action at Aldie; Fredericksburg; Mud March; drew first fire at Chancellorsville, wounded May 3, 1863; engaged at Gettysburg; wounded, discharged with surgeon’s certificate on July 24, 1863, Harrisburg Pennsylvania. (ii)

Butcher, 1864-1899, located, Parsons-Taylor House, 56 South 4th Street, Easton, Pennsylvania 18042.

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

Member of Grand Army Republic Post # 217 (LaFayette) Easton, Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Politics:

Easton City Council, 1853-1856

Elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 18th district, Northampton County, 1887-1890, member, Agriculture, Insurance, Canals and Inland Navigation, Legislative Apportionment, Military Affairs, Municipal Affairs, New County and County Seats, Pension and Gratuities and Railroad Committees.


Battle of Gettysburg; regiment, commanded by Major John Freuauff, suffered heavily in the fight north of town at the Almshouse, July 1, and again at the gates of the Cemetery, evening of July 2. 1863. The 153rd Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry Regiment honored by two monuments at Gettysburg.


Cochran, T.B., (1888) Smull’s Legislative Hand Book, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, pages 670 and 676-678, Biographical Sketches of Senators, page 642.