Member Biography

Jasper Billings Stark 

Sessions Office Position District Party
1863       10 Democrat
1864       10 Democrat
1865       12 Democrat

COUNTIES: Luzerne  


10/28/1823 - 02/16/1883

Jasper Billings Stark (D10) Luzerne County 1863-1864 (D12) Luzerne County 1865

Early Life: 

Jasper Billings Stark, born October 28, 1822; Tunkhannock, Wyoming County, Pennsylvania; son of Nathaniel Stark and Lydia Billings Stark; engaged, dry goods; appointed, City of Carbondale Marshal, 1850; elected, Democrat, Sheriff of Luzerne County, 1856; elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1863-1865; married, Frances R. Smith, children, Mary Nicholson Stark, Jasper Byron Stark, Edward B. Stark; proprietor, Wyoming Valley House, 1856-1883;  died,  February 16, 1883 (aged 59), Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, interment Hollenback Cemetery, Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. 

Pennsylvania Politics:

Appointed, City of Carbondale Marshal, under the Sheriff, Luzerne County, 1850; proprietor, Eagle Hotel, Pittston, 1853, proprietor, Wyoming Valley Hotel, Scranton, 1855-1883.

Elected, Democrat, Sheriff of Luzerne County, 1856.

Elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 10th district, Luzerne County, 1863-1864, defeated incumbent, Winthrop W. Ketcham. 

Elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senator, 12th district, Luzerne County, 1865.

Unsuccessful candidate, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 21st district, Luzerne County, 1874, Hubbard Bester Payne. 


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

Wilkes-Barre Record, (Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania) February 17, 1883.

Jasper Billings Stark (1823-1883) - Find a Grave Memorial