Member Biography

John Latta 

Sessions Office Position District Party
1863       22 Democrat
1864       22 Democrat
1865       23 Democrat
1866       23 Democrat


03/02/1836 - 02/15/1913

John Latta (D22) Fayette and Westmoreland Counties 1864 (D24) Fayette, Greene and Westmoreland Counties 1865-1866

Early Life: 

John Latta born March 2, 1836, Unity Township, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania; son of Moses and Eliza Graham Latta; Sewickley Academy; Elder's Ridge Academy; read law; Yale Law School, 1857-1859; admitted, Westmoreland County bar, 1859; private law practice, Greensburg, Pennsylvania,1859-1913; married, Emma Hope 1865 (d. 1876), children, Cuthbert H., Mary Maud, Isabel G., remarried, Rose McClellan, 1877, children, Rose, Marie Josephine, John, Thomas Pollard, Sarah Marguerite; elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1863-1856; elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania House of Representatives, 1872-1873; elected, Democrat, Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania, 1875-1879; died, February 15, 1913, Greensburg, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania; interment, Saint Clair Cemetery, Greensburg, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania.

Early Career:

Read law under D.H. Hazen in Pittsburgh, private law practice, Greensburg, Pennsylvania, 1859-1913.

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

Member, Mason, Knight Templer, Royal Arch Mason, Ancient Order of United Workmen

Pennsylvania Politics:

Elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 22nd district, Fayette and Westmoreland Counties, 1864. 

Elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 24th district, Fayette, Greene and Westmoreland Counties, 1865-1866. 

Elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania House of Representatives, 1872-1873.

Elected, Democrat, Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania, 1875-1879.

Pennsylvania House of Representatives Biography:

Official Website - PA House Archives Official Website (


Under the new Pennsylvania Constitution that went into effect on January 1, 1874, he was the first elected lieutenant governor and served under Republican Governor John F. Hartranft


Cox, Harold. "Senate Members "L""Wilkes University Election Statistics ProjectWilkes University.

Boucher, John Newton (1918). Old and New Westmoreland. New York: The American Historical Society, Inc. pp. 4–5. Retrieved 14 June 2020.

Jordan, John W. (1906). History of Westmoreland County Pennsylvania. New York: The Lewis Publishing Company. pp. 18–19. Retrieved 14 June 2020.

Wiley, Samuel T. (1890). Biographical and Historical Cyclopedia of Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania. Philadelphia: John M. Gresham & Co. pp. 121–122. Retrieved 14 June 2020.

John Latta (1836-1913) - Find a Grave Memorial