Member Biography

Jones Detwiler 


Portrait: Governor’s Album, PSA

Sessions Office Position District Party
1877       12 Democrat
1878       12 Democrat

COUNTIES: Montgomery  


11/11/1828 - 12/15/1900

Jones Detwiler (D12) Montgomery County 1877-1878

Early Life:

Jones Detwiler, born November 11, 1828, Upper Dublin Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania; son of Eliza Jones Schlater;  common school education; farmer; wheelwright; school director, Whitpain, Montgomery County, nine years; Montgomery County auditor, 1859-1865; elected, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1877-1878; married, Hannah Holland, then, Sarah Ann Dull, children, Annie Detwiler, J. E. Detwiler, Cora Detwiler Shearer; died, December 15, 1900 (aged 72), from pneumonia and old injuries sustained after a train hit his wagon at a railroad crossing; Montgomery County, Pennsylvania; interment, Boehm Cemetery, Blue Bell, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.

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

Member, secretary, forty year, Boehm’s Reformed Church of Blue Bell; charter member, Montgomery County Historical Society. 

Pennsylvania Politics: 

School director, Whitpain, Montgomery County, nine years. 

Montgomery County auditor, 1859-1865. 

Elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 12th district, Montgomery County, 1877-1878; committee assignment, Accounts, Agriculture, Military Affairs.


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

Smull’s Legislative Handbook, (1878) Smull, J.A., (Editor) Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, pages 656, 662-665, Biographical Sketches of Senators, page 621.

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