Member Biography

Philip A. Smyser 

Sessions Office Position District Party
1847       17 Whig
1848       17 Whig
1849       17 Whig



12/08/1785 - 10/01/1871

Philip A. Smyser (Whig17) York County 1847-1849

Early Life:

Philip A. Smyser, born December 8, 1785, York County, Pennsylvania; son of Matthias, Jr., and Louisa Slagle Smyser; married, Susan Hoyer, children, Albert Hoyer Smyser, Susan Smyser; president, York Vigilant Fire Company, 1816; elected, Whig, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1847-1849; died, October 1, 1871, York County, Pennsylvania; interment, Prospect Hill Cemetery, York, York County, Pennsylvania.

Early Career:

President, York Vigilant Fire Company, 1816.

Pennsylvania Politics:

Elected, Whig, Pennsylvania State Senate, 17th district, York County, 1847-1849.

Grandnephew, John Michael Smyser, Pennsylvania State Senate, Lancaster and York Counties 1791-1794. 

John Michael Schmyser  - Pennsylvania Senate Library (

Brother, Henry Smyser, Pennsylvania State Senate, 14th district, Adams and York Counties, 1831-1835.

Henry Smyser  - Pennsylvania Senate Library (


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

Philip Smyser (1785-1871) - Find a Grave Memorial