Member Biography

Jacob Kern 

Sessions Office Position District Party
1831-1832       12 Buchanan Democrat
1832-1833       12 Democrat


01/04/1790 - 03/25/1837

Colonel Jacob Kern (D12) Lehigh, Northampton, Pike, Wayne Counties 1831-1833

Early Life:

Colonel Jacob Kern, born January 4, 1790, Kernsville, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania; son of Nicholas and Maria Barbara Ollwine Kern; subscription schools education; advanced education, as a surveyor and soldier; married, Mary Palmer; children, Jacob Clyde Kern, Doctor George P. Kern, Elizabeth M. Kern, Sabina Kern; Lieutenant, Colonel, Pennsylvania Militia, 1811-1821; elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1831-1833; died, March 25, 1837 (aged 47), Bath, Northampton County, Pennsylvania; interment, Bath Kircheyard, Bath, Northampton County, Pennsylvania.

Early Career:

Governor Snyder commissioned, Lieutenant in the Pennsylvania Militia, 1811; served throughout the War of 1812; Governor Findlay promoted, Colonel; Governor Hiester appointed, Colonel, Twenty-sixth Regiment, Pennsylvania Militia, 1821.

Pennsylvania Politics:

Elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 12th district, Lehigh, Northampton, Pike, Wayne Counties, 1831-1833, lost reelection, Peter Michler.


Historic Homes and Institutions and Genealogical and Personal Memoirs of Lehigh Valley,
Pennsylvania, vol. I, editor John W. Jordan, Edgar Moore Green, and George T. Ettinger (New York: The Lewis Publishing Company, 1905) page 446.