Member Biography

Lazarus Denison Shoemaker 

Sessions Office Position District Party
1867       12 Republican
1868       12 Republican
1869       12 Republican
1870       12 Republican

COUNTIES: Luzerne  


11/05/1819 - 09/09/1893

Lazarus Denison Shoemaker (R12) Luzerne County 1866-1870

Early Life: 

Lazarus Denison Shoemaker, born November 5, 1819, Kingston, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania; son of Elijah and Elisabeth S. Denison Shoemaker; attended Nazareth Hall, Nazareth, Pennsylvania; Kenyon College, Gambier, Ohio; Yale College, 1840; studied law; admitted, bar 1842; Lawyer, law practice, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania; elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1866-1870; elected, Republican United States Congress 1871-1875; resumed law practice; engaged, banking; married, Esther Wadhams, children, Clorinda Wadhams Shoemaker Stearns, Caroline Ives Shoemaker Phelps, Levi Ives Shoemaker, Jane Augusta Shoemaker, Esther Shoemaker Norris; died, September 9, 1893 (aged 73), Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania; interment, Forty Fort Cemetery, Forty Fort, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania.
Pennsylvania Politics:

Elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 12th district, Luzerne County, 1866-1870; member, Canals and Inland Navigation, Judiciary General, New County and County Seats Committees.

Elected, Republican, Forty-second and Forty-third Congresses (March 4, 1871-March 3, 1875); chairman, Committee on Revolutionary Pensions (Forty-third Congress); was not a candidate for renomination in 1874.


Smull’s Legislative Hand Book, (1878) Smull, J.A., Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, pages 274 and 280-282.

Congressional Biography

After 4 session(s) serving in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, Lazarus Denison Shoemaker  went on to serve in congress