Member Biography

John Christopher Newmyer 


Portrait:  Senate of Pennsylvania

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

COUNTIES: Allegheny  


06/14/1847 - 06/21/1906

John Chistopher Newmyer (R44) Allegheny County (part) 1875, 1877, 1881-1882, 1887-1888, 1889-1890

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; interred, 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 County (part) 1875, 1877 elected, president pro-tempore (defeated Thomas Valentine Cooper, 1 vote) (i) lost, Charles H. Paulson, 1881-1882, lost, William F. Aull, 1887-1888, 1889-1890, lost, William Flinn; Chair, Judicial General, member Centennial Affairs, Congressional Appropriations, Insurance, Judicial Local, Judicial Special, Legislative Appropriations, Library and Retrenchment and Reform Committees.    

Continued Government Service:

Appointed, prothonotary, Pennsylvania Supreme Court, Western district (1889-1892), replaced late General J.B. Sweitzer.

Pennsylvania House of Representatives Biography:


Smull’s Legislative Hand Book, (1890) Miller, H.P., Biographical Sketches of Senators, page 659, 693-695.  

(i) Pittsburgh Legal Journal June 29, 1892