Member Biography

Edward Hertz Shearer 

Sessions Office Position District Party
1881-1882       11 Democrat
1883-1884       11 Democrat



01/10/1836 - 04/19/1920

Private Edward H. Shearer (D11) Berks County 1881-84 

Early Life: 

Born January 10, 1836, Bern Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania; son of John Phillippi and Lydia Hertz Shearer; teacher, Berks County schools, eight years; admitted Berks County bar, 1861; attorney, now engaged in his profession, Berks County; married, Cassandra Sarah “Kate” Schoener Shearer, 1861, (d.1889); married, Alice Louise Bingaman Shearer, 1896; elected, city of Reading solicitor, one term; elected, District Attorney, Berks County, 1868-1871, elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1881-1884; wholesale tobacco store, proprietor, 1893; died April 19, 1920 (aged 84 years, 3month and 9 days) interment Charles Evans Cemetery, Reading, Berks County, Pennsylvania.  

Professional titles; business ownership; board memberships; local government; club memberships:

Mason, member, Lodge No.62, Saint John Free and Accepted Masons Lodge No. 435, charter member, held all positions including first Junior Warden then district deputy grand master, 5 years; member Excelsior Chapter No.237 passed through all the chairs and served as high priest; Reading Commandery, past commander.   

Pennsylvania Politics:

City of Reading solicitor, one term; elected, District Attorney, Berks County, 1868-1871. 

Elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 11th district, Berks County 1881-1884, committee assignments, Centennial Affairs, Finance, Insurance, Judiciary, (Special), Public Printing.


 Cox, Harold. "Senate Members S"Wilkes University Election Statistics ProjectWilkes University.

Smull’s Legislative Handbook, (1883). Smull, W.P., (Editor) Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, pages 764, 770-772, Biographical Sketches of Senators, page 735.

Reading Times (Reading, Pennsylvania) Wednesday April 21, 1920, Page 6.

Pvt Edward H Shearer (1836-1920) - Find a Grave Memorial