Jacob Turney (D22) Fayette and Westmoreland Counties 1858-1860
Jacob Turney, born, February 18, 1825 Greensburg, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania; Jacob, Turney, Sr. and Margaret Singer Turney; completed preparatory studies; Greensburg Academy; apprenticed as a printer; deputy sheriff Westmoreland County, clerk, register and recorder's office, Westmoreland County; studied law; admitted to the bar, 1849; private law practice, Greensburg, Pennsylvania; district attorney, Westmoreland County, 1850-1855; married, Mary Stewart Richardson Turney, 1854, children, Catharine Maud Turney Kinkead, William Richardson Turney, Henrietta Margaret Turney Crowell elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate 1858-1860, president Senate, 1859; unsuccessful candidate, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1871; elected, Democrat, United States House of Representatives, 1875-1879; resumed law practice; died, October 4, 1891, Greensburg, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania; interment, Saint Clair Cemetery, Greensburg, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania.
Apprenticed, as a printer; deputy sheriff Westmoreland County, clerk, register and recorder's office, Westmoreland County. Studied law, Albert Gallatin Marchand, United States Congressman, admitted to the bar, private law practice, Greensburg, Pennsylvania, 1849-1891.
District Attorney, Westmoreland County 1850-1855.
Elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 22nd district, Fayette and Westmoreland Counties, 1858-1860, president, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1859; chairman, Finance Committee, 1859; defeated, Republican William Francis, Lawrence County.
Unsuccessful candidate, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1871; lost to Senator Harry White.
Continued Government Service/National Politics:
Elected, Democrat, United States House of Representatives, Forty-fourth and Forty-fifth Congresses, 21st Congressional District, 1875-1879; committee assignments, Privileges and Elections, Mines, Territories, and Currency Committees. Played a major role in framing the 1878 Bland-Allison Act, reintroducing the legality of silver coinage.
After 3 session(s) serving in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, Jacob Turney went on to serve in congress