Member Biography

Jonah Brewster 

Sessions Office Position District Party
1822-1823       11 Democrat
1823-1824       11 Democrat
1824-1825       11 Democrat


02/23/1780 - 03/28/1858

Jonah Brewster (D11) Bradford, Susquehanna and Tioga Counties 1822-1825

Early Life:

Jonah Brewster February 23, 1780, Killingly, Windham County, Connecticut; son of Nathan Waldo and Elizabeth “Betsey” Slack Brewster; elected, Commissioner, Susquehanna County, 1813-1815; elected, Democratic Republican, Pennsylvania House of Representatives, 1816-1820; unsuccessful campaign, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1820; elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1822-1825; first incorporator, Tioga Mutual Insurance Company, 1825-1829; Commissioner, Williamsport-Lawrenceville Turnpike, 1829-1831; moved, Wellsboro, Pennsylvania, 1831; Tioga County Register and Recorder, 1831-1833; Tioga County Prothonotary, 1831-1836; Tioga County, Associate Judge, 1840-1849; married, Roxana Sprague Brewster, children, George A. Brewster, C. E. Brewster; died, March 28, 1858, Wellsboro, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. Burial location unknown.

Pennsylvania Politics:

Elected, Republican, Commissioner, Susquehanna County, 1813-1815. 

Elected, Democratic Republican, Pennsylvania House of Representatives, Luzerne and Susquehanna Counties, 1816-1818. 

Elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania House of Representatives, Luzerne and Susquehanna Counties, 1818-1820. 

Unsuccessful campaign, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1820. 

Elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 11th district, Bradford, Susquehanna and Tioga Counties, 1822-1825.

Tioga County Register and Recorder, 1831-1833. 

Tioga County Prothonotary, 1831-1836. 

Tioga County, Associate Judge, 1840-1849.


Mayflower descendant of William and Mary Brewster.


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

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