Member Biography

Jacob Eyster 

Sessions Office Position District Party
1819-1820       11 Democrat
1820-1821       11 Democrat
1821-1822       11 Democrat
1822-1823       14 Democrat
1823-1824       14 Democrat

COUNTIES: Adams, York  


06/08/1782 - 03/24/1858

Jacob Eyster (D11) Adams York Counties 1819-1822 (D14) Adams York Counties 1822-1824

Early Life:

Jacob Eyster, born June 8, 1782, Hanover, York County (now, Adams County), Pennsylvania, son of George and Margaret Slagle Eyster; married, Mary Middlecoff, 1810, children, Doctor Alfred E. Eyster; George Washington Eyster; Juliana Matilda Jacobs and Louisa E. Eyster; moved to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, engaged in business, 1811; enrolled, Adams County Militia, brigadier general, War of 1812-1814; unsuccessful candidate, Pennsylvania State House of Representatives, 1818; elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1819-1822; Pennsylvania State Capitol moved from Philadelphia to Harrisburg, served different district, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate,1822-1824; resigned, 1824; state deputy surveyor-general, 1824-1839; cashier, bank, Hagerstown, Maryland; died, March 24, 1858 (age 75), Harrisburg, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania. No interment information available. 

Early Life:

Enrolled, Adams County Militia; appointed, first sergeant, rose to captain, then major.  Appointed, Brigadier General Governor Simon Snyder Second Brigade, Fifth Division, Pennsylvania militia, 1814. During the invasion of Maryland by the British that year he was employed by the Secretary of War John Armstrong and the Governor of Pennsylvania in distributing and forwarding arms and supplies to the militia who were called into service.

Pennsylvania Life:

Unsuccessful candidate, Pennsylvania State House of Representatives, 1818, defeated, 62 votes.

Elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate,11th district, Adams York Counties, 1819-1822; Capitol moved from Philadelphia to Harrisburg, served different district, 1822-1824.

Elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate,14th district, Adams York Counties, 1822-1824; resigned his seat prior to the beginning of the 1824 session and was replaced by Zephaniah Herbert.

State deputy surveyor-general, 1824-1839.


Harrisburg Telegraph (Harrisburg, Pennsylvania) Saturday July 15, 1882, Page 5