Lieutenant Colonel John Beale Selheimer, (D31) Juniata, Mifflin, and Perry Counties, 1885-1888
John Selheimer, born August 18, 1826, Milford Township, Mifflin County, (now Juniata) Pennsylvania; son of Absalom and Eleanor Beale Selheimer; common school education; engaged, tinsmithing; owner, Lewistown Hardware; married, Eliza Jane Matthews, six children; director, Electric Light Company, director, Mann Tool Company; elected, Democrat, Borough of Lewistown, school director, town commissioner, chief burgess, Mifflin County Treasurer, 1859-1861; Lieutenant Colonel, Union Army, 1861; elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1885-1888; died, December 16, 1893 (age 67) Lewistown, Mifflin County, Pennsylvania, Interment Saint Marks Cemetery, Lewistown, Mifflin County, Pennsylvania (i)
Commanded, Logan Guards, the “first” of Pennsylvania’s First Responders (volunteer company) to march in and secure Washington D.C. for the defense of the Union, April 18, 1861, against a Confederate invasion at the outbreak of the Civil War. They later became a part of the Twenty-fifth Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers Infantry, elected, Lieutenant Colonel mustered out with his unit, July 1861.
Professional titles; business ownership; board memberships; local government; club memberships:
Member, Lewistown Lodge, No. 203, Free and Accepted Masons; Lewistown Chapter, No. 186, Royal Arch Masons; Lewistown Commandery, No. 26, Knights Templar. (ii)
Elected, Democrat, Borough of Lewistown, school director, town commissioner, chief burgess, Mifflin County Treasurer, 1859-1861.
Elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 31st senatorial district, Juniata, Mifflin and Perry Counties, 1885-1888; member, Constitutional Reform; Canals and Island Navigation; Military Affairs and Pensions and Gratuities Committees.
Pennsylvania Manual Example:
Cochran, T.B., (Editor) (1887) Smull’s Legislative Hand Book, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, pages 651, 656-658, Biographical Sketches of Senators, page 626.