Member Biography

Jacob Dick Boas 

Sessions Office Position District Party
1847       9 Whig
1848       9 Whig
1849       9 Whig

COUNTIES: Lehigh, Northampton  


10/05/1806 - 03/25/1887

Jacob Dick Boas (D9) Northampton and Lehigh Counties 1847-1849

Early Life:

Jacob Dick Boas, born October 5, 1806,Harrisburg, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania; son of Jacob and Sarah Dick Boas; engaged, hatter, 1821-1831, establishing his own business, Allentown, Pennsylvania; elected, Allentown Town Clerk, 1835; elected, borough council, Allentown, 1836; treasurer, Lehigh County, 1840-1842; elected, Whig, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1847-1849; moved to Harrisburg, jewelry business, Boas and Newhard,1850; elected, Independent, Sheriff, Dauphin County, 1860-1863; appointed, gauger, United States Internal Revenue Department, 1868, resigned, 1873; elected, Republican, Mayor of Harrisburg, 1873-1875;married, Elizabeth Seller, 1831, children, Sarah Elizabeth Boas Smith, Charles Augustus Boas; married second, Emeline Yeakel Krause, 1873; died, March 25, 1887 (aged 80), residence of his daughter-in-law, severe cold, contracted on inauguration day Governor James A. Beaver, finally settling into paralysis of the brain and heart; Harrisburg, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania; interment, Harrisburg Cemetery, Harrisburg, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.

Early Career:

Established, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, 1850, Boas and Newhard, Watchmakers and Jewelers business with watchmaker J. F. Newhard. Eventually bought out Newhard's share and passed the business on to his son, Charles.

Pennsylvania Politics:

Elected, borough council, Allentown Town Clerk, 1835.

Elected, borough council, Allentown, 1836.

Elected, Treasurer of Lehigh County, 1840-1842. 

Elected, Whig, Pennsylvania State Senate, 9th district, Northampton and Lehigh Counties, 1847-1849. 

Elected, Independent, sheriff, Dauphin County, 1860-1863. 

Appointed, gauger, United States Internal Revenue Department, 1868 resigned, 1873. 

Elected, Republican, Mayor of Harrisburg, 1873-1875. 


Father, Jacob Dick Boas, bill printer, Pennsylvania State House, Pennsylvania State Senate; publisher, Harrisburg Reporter.

After his father's death, 1815, moved to his uncle Jacob Levin’s residence, Kutztown, Pennsylvania.


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

Harrisburg Telegraph Harrisburg, Pennsylvania Saturday March 26, 1887, Page 1.

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

Jacob Dick Boas (1806-1887) - Find a Grave Memorial