Member Biography

James Kerr 

Sessions Office Position District Party
1869       27 Republican
1870       27 Republican
1871       27 Republican


05/18/1813 - 03/31/1896

James Kerr (R27) Armstrong, Butler and Lawrence Counties 1869-1871

Early Life:

James Kerr, born May 18, 1813, Springfield Township, Mercer County, Pennsylvania; son of Samuel and Mary Moore Kerr; rural education; mail carrier, age nine to thirteen; engaged, various occupations before moving to Harrisville, Butler County, 1830; teacher, 1833; contractor, Pennsylvania Canal, 1837-1840; general merchandising, Harrisville, 1840-1880; engaged, farming; built, superintendent, Maple Furnace, Allegheny Township, 1846-1848; raised and sold cattle; Justice of the Peace, Harrisville, Pennsylvania, 1852-1882; burgess of Harrisville, 1838; Federal Elector, Lincoln and Hamlin, 1860; elected, Associate Judge of Butler County, 1861; Pennsylvania State Senate, 1869-1871; married, Priscilla McMillan, (d. 1866) children, Mary Kerr Cubbison, Elizabeth Kerr Ayres; married, Catherine McCallan; died, March 31, 1896 (aged 82), Butler County, Pennsylvania; interment, Prairie Cemetery, Harrisville, Butler County, Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania Politics:

Justice of the Peace, Harrisville, Butler County, Pennsylvania, 1852-1882.

Federal Elector, Lincoln and Hamlin, 1860.

Elected, Associate Judge of Butler County, 1861.

Elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 27th district, Armstrong, Butler and Lawrence Counties, 1869-1871.


Father, Samuel Kerr, member, Pennsylvania State House of Representatives, Butler County, 1833-1835, Mercer County, 1843, Mercer, Venango and Warren Counties, 1856-1857.

Official Website - PA House Archives Official Website (


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

James Kerr (1813-1896) - Find a Grave Memorial