Member Biography

John Sheridan Weller 


Colonial and Revolutionary Familes of Pa, New York: Lewis Historical Publishing Co., Inc, 1948

Sessions Office Position District Party
1899-1900       36 Republican
1901-1902       36 Republican


11/01/1867 - 09/26/1944

John Sheridan Weller (R36) Bedford, Fulton and Somerset Counties 1899-1902

Early Life:

John Sheridan Weller, born November 1, 1867, Southampton Township, Somerset County, Pennsylvania; son of Frederick Simon and Mary Ann Hammer Weller; soon thereafter his parents moved Hyndman, Bedford County, Pennsylvania; Bedford County Public Schools; Pennsylvania State College, civil engineer, 1889; United States National Geodetic Survey; reading for his law examinations, Russell and Longenecker, Beford, admitted, Bedford County bar, 1891; attorney; admitted, practice before, State Supreme, Federal Courts; district attorney, Bedford County, 1894-1897; chairman, Republican County Committee of Bedford County; elected, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1899-1902; moved, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, partner, law firm: Weller, Wicks and Wallace; appointment, Pittsburgh Mayor William Magee, Pittsburgh Planning Commission; continued law practice, specializing later in corporate law; president, National Bank of South Pennsylvania, Hyndman; married Sara Barbara Mercer, no children; died, September 26, 1944 (aged 77), West Penn Hospital, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania; interment, Homewood Cemetery, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania.    

Pennsylvania Politics:

District attorney, Bedford County, 1894-1897.

Chairman, Republican County Committee of Bedford County, two terms.

Elected, Pennsylvania State Senate, 36th District, 1899-1902; committee assignments, Forestry, Judiciary General, Game and Fisheries, Pensions and Gratuities.

Appointment, Pittsburgh Mayor (former Pennsylvania State Senator) William Magee, Pittsburgh Planning Commission.


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

Smull’s Legislative Handbook, (1901). Cochran, T.B., (Editor) Miller, H.P. (Assistant Editor) Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, pages 1182, 1187-1190, Biographical Sketches of Senators, page 1159.

John Sheridan Weller (1866-1944) - Find a Grave Memorial