Member Biography

John Andrew Hiestand 

Sessions Office Position District Party
1861       16 Republican
1862       16 Republican
1863       16 Republican

COUNTIES: Lancaster  


10/02/1824 - 12/13/1890

John Andrew Hiestand (R16) Lancaster County 1861-1863

Early Life:

John Andrew Hiestand, born October 2, 1824, East Donegal Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania; common school education; Pennsylvania College at Gettysburg; studied law; admitted to the bar, 1849; law practice, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, 1849-1858; elected, Whig, Pennsylvania State House of Representatives, 1852, 1853, 1856; purchased an interest, Lancaster Examiner and Herald, 1858; elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1861-1863; unsuccessful campaign, United States House of Representatives, 1868; presidential appointment, Naval Officer, Port of Philadelphia, 1871, reappointed, 1875 served until 1879; elected, Republican, United States House of Representatives, 1885-1889; died, December 13, 1890, (age 66 years, 72 days) Lancaster, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania; interment, Marietta Cemetery, Marietta, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania Politics: 

Elected, Whig, Pennsylvania State House of Representatives, 1852, 1853, 1856. 

Elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1861-1863. 

Unsuccessful campaign, United States House of Representatives, fill the unexpired term of Thaddeus Stevens, 1868.

Appointed, President Ulysses S. Grant, Naval Officer, Port of Philadelphia; 1871, reappointed, 1875, serv ed until 1879.

Continued Government Service/National Politics:

Elected, Republican, United States House of Representatives, Forty-ninth and Fiftieth Congresses, 1885-1889; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1888, Fifty-first Congress. 


Purchased an interest in Lancaster Examiner and Herald, from Pennsylvania State Senator, Edward C. Darlington, 1858. 


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

The Political Graveyard: Index to Politicians: Hickson to Higginbottom

John Andrew Hiestand (1824-1890) - Find a Grave Memorial

Congressional Biography

After 3 session(s) serving in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, John Andrew Hiestand  went on to serve in congress