Member Biography

Christian Myers 

Sessions Office Position District Party
1851       25 Whig
1852     Speaker 25 Whig
1853       25 Whig


06/24/1796 - 10/06/1877

Judge Christian Myers (Whig25) Armstrong, Indiana, Clarion Counties 1851-1853

Early Life:

Judge Christian Myers, born June 24, 1796, Bareville, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania; son of John and Susanna Eichenberg Myers; rural education; engaged, farming, employment, iron works; married, Martha Henaberger, 1826, sons, Amos, Christian; engaged, partnership with the Bear-Carpenter-Miller division of the Lancaster Land Company, 1828-1851; moved, Clarion County, 1828; delegate, Constitutional Convention, 1838; appointed, associate judge, eighteenth district, 1840; elected, Whig, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1851-1853, Speaker, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1852; appointed, associate judge, Clarion County, 1853-1858; president, Clarion County Fair Association, 1855; appointed, justice of the peace, Clarion County, 1859-1861; appointed, Governor Andrew Curtin, Chief Grain Measurer, Port of Philadelphia, 1861-1867; died, October 6, 1877 (aged 81), Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania; Interment, Mount Moriah Cemetery, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania.

Early Career: 

Engaged, partnership with the Bear-Carpenter-Miller division of the Lancaster Land Company, an iron ore and furnace development business involved in speculative mining-land purchases from the Holland Land Company in Western Pennsylvania. Myers and associate Henry Bear purchased property in future Clarion County, 1828-1851. 

Pennsylvania Politics:

Delegate, Constitutional Convention, 1838. 

Appointed, Governor Porter associate judge, eighteenth district, 1840. 

Elected, Whig, Pennsylvania State Senate, 25th district, Armstrong, Indiana, Clarion Counties, 1851-1853; Speaker, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1852; Chairman, Retrenchment and Reform Committee.

Appointed, associate judge, Clarion County, 1853-1858.

Appointed, Governor Packer, justice of the peace, Clarion County, 1859-1861.

Appointed, Governor Andrew Curtin, Chief Grain Measurer, Port of Philadelphia, 1861-1867.


Son, Amos Myers, United States Congressman, United States House of Representatives, Pennsylvania 20th District, 1863-1865.

Established by an act of the Pennsylvania Legislature, Mount Moriah Cemetery Association of Philadelphia, incorporated, March 27, 1855, (1857 (1855) P.L. 729, No.732).

Act of February 17, 1865 (1865 P.L.172, No.163), ceded at least some portion of the Mount Moriah Cemetery to the Federal Government.

Mount Moriah Cemetery closed its gates in April 2011 and had no owner when the last member of the board of directors died. The Orphans Court of Philadelphia granted the Mount Moriah Cemetery Preservation Corporation, a receivership in 2014.


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

Compiled, Paul E. Beck, originally published, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, Papers, Volume 31 (1927). Reprinted, Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society Quarterly, Volume 21, Number 3 (Winter 1995), page 32. 

Christian Myers, Iron Master and Founder of Clarion County

Scharf, John Thomas (1884). History of Philadelphia, 1609–1884. Philadelphia: L.H. Everts & Co. p. 2360. Retrieved 23 August 2019. moriah.

History of Philadelphia, 1609-1884 : Scharf, J. Thomas (John Thomas), 1843-1898 : Free Download, Borrow, and Streaming : Internet Archive 

History and notable burials Mount Moriah Cemetery (Philadelphia) - Wikipedia

Judge Christian Myers (1796-1877) - Find a Grave Memorial