Member Biography

Ner Middleswarth 

Sessions Office Position District Party
1848       15 Whig


12/12/1783 - 06/02/1865

Ner Middleswarth (Whig15) Mifflin, Juniata, Union Counties, 1848

Early Life:

Ner Middleswarth, born December 12, 1783, New Jersey; son of John and Martha Reed Middleswarth; moved, Beavertown, Snyder County, Pennsylvania; very limited education; captain, United States Army, War of 1812-1814; member, Pennsylvania State House of Representatives, 1815-1817, 1818-1820, 1821-1822, 1824-1826, 1827-1831, 1834-1836, 1841; Speaker, House of Representatives, 1828, 1836; Unsuccessful candidate, Governor of Pennsylvania, 1844; elected, Whig, Pennsylvania State Senate 1848; unsuccessful candidate, State Canal Commissioner, 1848; elected, Whig, Thirty-third Congress, 1853-1855; engaged, agricultural pursuits; president, Beaver Furnace Company, Snyder County; associate judge, Snyder County, 1858-1863; married, Christina Schwartzkop, 1805, children, John, Mary (Polly), Moses, Abner, twins Aaron J and Abraham Kelly, Merib, Eliza, Jacob, Martha, Sarah, Matilda; died, June 2, 1865, (age 81 years, 172 days), Beavertown, Snyder County, Pennsylvania; interment, Beavertown Cemetery, Beavertown, Snyder County, Pennsylvania.

Early Career:

Captain, United States Army, 8th Pennsylvania Rifles, War of 1812-1814.

Pennsylvania Politics:

Elected, Pennsylvania State House of Representatives, Union County, 1815-1817, 1818-1820, 1821-1822, 1824-1826, 1827-1831, 1834-1836, Speaker, 1828, 1836; Juniata, Mifflin and Union Counties, 1841; Affiliation: Democrat, 1815-1816 Anti-Mason, 1829, Whig, 1841. As Speaker, signed Act 70 of 1836 calling for a convention to amend the state Constitution. The Pennsylvania Constitution Convention was held, 1837. 

Unsuccessful candidate, Governor of Pennsylvania, Democratic Anti-Masonic and Whig State Convention, 1844.

Elected, Whig, Pennsylvania State Senate, 15th district, Mifflin, Juniata, Union Counties, 1848.  

Unsuccessful candidate, State Canal Commissioner, 1848.

Associate Judge, Snyder County, 1858-1863.

Continued Government Service/National Politics:

Elected, Whig, United States House of Representatives Thirty-third Congress, 10th district, 1853-1855; not a candidate for renomination, 1854.

Pennsylvania House of Representatives Biography:


Like his father John Middleswarth, he did not have a middle name or middle initial



Congressional Biography

After 1 session(s) serving in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, Ner Middleswarth  went on to serve in congress