Member Biography

Jacob Kern 

Sessions Office Position District Party
1831-1832       12 Democrat
1832-1833       12 Democrat
1833-1834       12 Democrat
1834-1835       12 Democrat


01/04/1790 - 03/25/1837

Colonel Jacob Kern (D12) Lehigh, Northampton, Pike and Wayne Counties 1831-1835

Early Life:

Colonel Jacob Kern, born January 4, 1790, Kernsville, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania; son of Private William Sr. and Maria Salome Baer 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, 1831-1835,unsuccessful reelection, 1835; married, Mary Palmer Kern, children, Jacob Clyde Kern, Doctor George P. Kern, Elizabeth M. Kern, Sabina Kern; died, March 25, 1837 (aged 47), Bath, Northampton County, Pennsylvania; interment, Bath Kircheyard, Bath, Northampton County, Pennsylvania.

Early Career:

Governor Snyder commissioned, 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, 1831-1835, unsuccessful reelection, Peter Michler.


Wife, Mary Palmer, daughter of George Palmer, Deputy Surveyor General of Pennsylvania. 


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

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

COL Jacob Kern (1790-1837) - Find a Grave Memorial