Member Biography

John Christopher Newmyer 


Portrait:  Senate of Pennsylvania

Sessions Office Position District Party
1875       44 Republican
1876     President Pro Tempore 44 Republican
1877       44 Republican
1878       44 Republican
1881-1882       44 Republican
1887-1888       44 Republican
1889-1890       44 Republican

COUNTIES: Allegheny  


06/14/1847 - 06/21/1906

John Christopher Newmyer (R44) Allegheny (Part) County 1875-1878, 1881-1882, 1887-1890

Early Life: 

John Christopher Newmyer born, June 14, 1848, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania; son of Jacob Stauffer and Elizabeth Newmyer; M.A., Western University of Pennsylvania (now University of Pittsburgh), 1867; lawyer (1869-1892); coal miner; proprietor, Newmyer and Sons Coal Mining; elected, Republican, Pennsylvania House of Representatives (1873 and 1874) terms; elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate (1875, 1877, 1881-1882, 1887-1888, 1889-1890); elected, president pro-tempore (1877); appointed, prothonotary, Pennsylvania Supreme Court, Western district (1889-1892); married Anna McCague, five children; died, sunstroke, June 21, 1892, residence, Swissvale, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania; interment, Homewood Cemetery, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania Politics:

Elected, Republican, Pennsylvania House of Representatives, 1873 and 1874 terms.

Elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 44th district, Allegheny (Part) County, 1875-1878 elected, president pro-tempore (defeated, Thomas Valentine Cooper, 1 vote), 1876; elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 44th district, Allegheny (Part) County, 1881-1882; elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 44th district, Allegheny (Part) County, 1887-1890; committee assignments, Appropriations, Centennial Affairs, Congressional Apportionment, Insurance, Judiciary (General) (Chairman), Judiciary (Special), Legislative Apportionment. 

Continued Government Service:

Appointed, prothonotary, Pennsylvania Supreme Court, Western district, vacancy, death, General J.B. Sweitzer, 1889-1892.

Pennsylvania House of Representatives Biography:

Official Website - PA House Archives Official Website (


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

Smull’s Legislative Handbook, (1890). Cochran, T.B., (Editor) Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, pages 697, 702-704, Biographical Sketches of Senators, page 668.

Pittsburgh Legal Journal June 29, 1892 Pittsburgh Legal Journal - Google Books

John Christopher Newmyer (1848-1892) - Find a Grave Memorial