Horace Walker Schantz, Sr. (R16) Lehigh County 1914-1930
Horace Walker Schantz, Sr., born July 31, 1875, Upper Milford Township, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania; son of Ambrose and Emma Backenstoe Schantz; Emaus High School; Perkiomen Seminary, Princeton, law, 1902; admitted, Lehigh County bar; attorney; county justice of the peace, deputy register of wills; appointed solicitor, Board of Prison Inspectors, County Auditors, Lehigh district attorney, 1904; elected, Republican Pennsylvania State Senate, 16th district Lehigh County, 1914-1930, elected, Republican Pennsylvania Senate president’s pro tempore, 1928-1930; married Mamie Hartman Schantz; children, Linn Hartman Schantz, Marguerite Schantz Rothermel, Joe Hartman Schantz, Vernon Hartman Schantz, Glenn Hartman Schantz, Horace W. Schantz; died, January 28, 1937, age 61 influenza, (aged 61) Allentown, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania; internment Upper Milford Mennonite Church Cemetery, Zionsville, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania.
County justice of the peace, deputy register of wills, borough of Macungie, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania. Appointed, solicitor, Board of Prison Inspectors, County Auditors, becoming the GOP’s first Lehigh district attorney in 1904. Admitted to practice before the Pennsylvania Supreme and Superior Courts. Chaired, Lehigh County Republican Committee, 1912-1934. During World War I, involved in Lehigh County’s Liberty Loan drive; served, president, Lehigh County Blind Association.
Professional titles; business ownership; board memberships; local government; club memberships:
Member, Public Charities Association of Pennsylvania; vice president, member board of trustees, Perkiomen School; president, Macungie Bank; chaired, Lehigh County Historical Society’s advisory board; member, alumni of Princeton University; Allentown Aerie No.110 Fraternal Order of Eagles; Vera Cruz Castle No.409, Knights of Golden Eagle; Allentown, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks; Allentown Nest No.72 Order of Owls; Lehigh Lodge, No.326 Free and Accepted Mason; Allen Council No.28 Royal and Select Master Mason; Lehigh Consistory Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite Of Freemasonry; Allentown Forest, No. 41, Tall Cedars of Lebanon; Emaus Relief Association Allen Royal Arch Masonry Chapter 203; Allentown, Lodge No.129, Loyal Order of Moose; Allentown Commendary No.20 Knights Templar; Mary Conclave No.5 Knights of Red Cross of Constantine. Lecha Wonk Tribe No.21 Improved Order of Red Men.
Elected, Republican Pennsylvania State Senate, 16th district Lehigh County, 1914-1930, elected, Republican Pennsylvania State Senate president’s pro tempore, 1928-1930; defeated for election, Henry L. Snyder, 1930; chaired Library Committee, 1915-1916; Agriculture Committee, 1917-1918, 1927-1928; Railroads Committee, 1919-1922; Appropriations Committee, 1923-1926.
First Republican, Pennsylvania Senate, elected, 16th district, Lehigh County
The Upper Milford Mennonite congregation dates back to 1735 and now meets in its third building on the same site. Over the years, the church has been in three counties without moving—Bucks, Northampton, and now Lehigh. Located on Kings Highway just a mile south of Routes 29 and 100 and 5 miles north of Route 663, we enjoy being a part of the greater Lehigh Valley with its proximity to New York City (90 miles) and easy access to I-78, Route 22, and Route 222.
The Morning Call (Allentown, Pennsylvania) Friday January 29, 1937, Pages 5 and 23