Member Biography

Jesse Steiner Shepard 

Sessions Office Position District Party
1903-1904       4 Republican
1905-1906       4 Republican

COUNTIES: Philadelphia  


07/09/1872 - 05/17/1947

Jesse Steiner Shepard (R4) Philadelphia (Part) County 1904-1906

Early Life:

Jesse Steiner Shepard, born July 9, 1872, Plymouth Meeting, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania; son of Henry W. and Mary M. Steiner Shepard; removed, parents, city of Philadelphia, 1880; public school education, city of Philadelphia; Central High School; Shortlidge Preparatory School, Media; Yale College, did not complete; University of Pennsylvania, Law School, 1896; commenced law practice, 1896; four times a State delegate; old common councilman, 1898-1902; elected, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1904-1906; resumed law practice, 1929; married, Elizabeth Landis, son, Henry Landis Shepard; died, May 17, 1947 (aged 74), home, Cambridge Apartments 501, Alden Park Manor, Germantown, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County Pennsylvania; interment, Ivy Hill Cemetery, (also known as Germantown and Chestnut Hill Cemetery), Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania. 

Early Career:

Law practice, admitted to practice courts of Philadelphia County, State Supreme, Superior Courts, Federal Courts, United States Supreme Court, 1896; resumed law practice with his son, Henry Landis Shepard, Shepard and Shepard, 12 South 12th Street, Philadelphia. 

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

Trust officer, Guarantee Trust and Safe Deposit Company, 1920; trust officer, Tradesmen’s National Bank and Trust Company. 

Past master, Heron Lodge 81, Free and Accepted Masons; member Keystone Chapter No.175 Royal Arch Masons; Pennsylvania Bar Association.

Pennsylvania Politics:

Four times a Pennsylvania State delegate; old common councilman, 22nd ward, Philadelphia, 1898-1902.

Elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 4th district, Philadelphia (Part) County, Special Election, February 16, 1904-1906, vacancy, death, John T. Harrison, December 18, 1903; standing committee assignments, Senate of Pennsylvania, extraordinary and regular session, 1906, Banks and Building and Loan Associations, Congressional Apportionment, Elections (Chairman), Judicial Apportionment, Judiciary General, Municipal Affairs.

Extraordinary session, legislation accomplished by the Senate, 1906, personal registration law, direct primary legislation, enacted; up until this legislation candidates were chosen at conventions.


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

Smull’s Legislative Handbook, (1906) Cochran, T.B., (Editor) Miller, H.P. (Assistant Editor) Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, pages 823, 829-834, Biographical Sketches of Senators, page 804

Harrisburg Telegraph (Harrisburg, Pennsylvania) Monday, May 19, 1947, page 8.

The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) Monday, May 19, 1947, page 5.

Jesse S. Shepard (1872-1947) - Find a Grave Memorial