Member Biography

Jesse C. Horton 

Sessions Office Position District Party
1843       12 Democrat
1844       14 Democrat
1845       14 Democrat


05/01/1797 - 02/21/1873

Jesse C. Horton (D12) Centre, Clinton, Lycoming and Northumberland Counties 1843

Early Life:

 Jesse C. Horton, born May 1, 1797, Forty Fort, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania; son of John and Mary de la Montague Horton; served, New Jersey militia under Colonel Seward, Captain Swazey, War of 1812; established, stagecoach line, 1816; engaged in staging and carrying the United States mail, Berwick, Columbia County, Pennsylvania, 1820; married, Harriet Ford, 1820 (d.1823), children, Annie Maria Horton Gougewer, Harriet Westler; married, Martha Cooke, 1825, children, Mary C. Horton, Martha C. Horton; moved, Northumberland County, 1841; elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1843-1845; died, February 21, 1873, Point Breeze, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania; interment, Northumberland Memorial Park, Stonington, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania.

Early Career:

Inaugurated a new era in stagecoach traveling in northern Pennsylvania by establishing a line of four-horse coaches from Baltimore to Owego, New York, by the way of Harrisburg, Sunbury, Wilkes Barre and Montrose, and also a line from Philadelphia to Wilkes Barre by the way of Easton, and from New York City to Montrose, Pennsylvania, by the way of Morristown and Newark, New Jersey, and Milford, Pennsylvania, with post-offices established at Plymouth, Kingston, Pottstown, and Tunkhannock. 

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

Stockholder, director, Bank of Northumberland. 

Pennsylvania Politics:

Elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 12th district, Centre, Clinton, Lycoming and Northumberland Counties, 1843.

Elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 14th district, Dauphin and Northumberland Counties, 1844-1845.


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

Marshall Anspach, Historical Sketches of the Bench and Bar of Lycoming County, Pa., 1961.

Bio: Jesse C. 1797 Luzerne Co - 

Index to War of 1812 Pension Application Files: Jesse C. Horton,  1797-1873, NJ;  Headley, Northumberland County, PA; Harriet (1st wife) 2nd wife Martha Lemon m. 12 Dec 1825. 

Index to War of 1812 Pension Application Files (

Jesse C Horton (1797-1873) - Find a Grave Memorial