Member Biography

Jacob Croyle Stineman 

Sessions Office Position District Party
1897-1898       35 Republican
1899-1900       35 Republican
1901-1902       35 Republican
1903-1904       35 Republican
1905-1906       35 Republican
1907-1908       35 Republican
1913-1914       35 Republican

COUNTIES: Cambria, Blair  


04/09/1842 - 04/02/1913

Sergeant Jacob Croyle Stineman (R35) Blair and Cambria Counties 1897-1908 (R35) Cambria County 1913-1914

Early Life: 

Sergeant Jacob Croyle Stineman, born, April 9, 1842, Richland Township (now Adams Township), Cambria County, Pa.; son of Jacob and Mary Croyle Stineman; raised on a farm; public school education; teacher, public schools; sergeant, Company F, 198th Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, Civil War, 1864-1865; farmer; engaged, coal industry; president, Stineman Coal and Coke Company; director, Citizens National Bank of Johnstown, Second National Bank, Altoona, South Fork National Bank; director, South Fork Water Company; school director, South Fork, eighteen years; unsuccessful campaign, sheriff, Cambria County, 1885; elected, sheriff, Cambria County, 1888-1890; elected, delegate, Republican State Convention, 1889and 1897); elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State House of Representatives, 1893-1897; not a candidate for reelection, 1897; elected, delegate, Republican State Convention, 1897; elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1897-1908; elected, Taft presidential elector, 1908. elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1913-1914; married Ella Varner, children, Albert Meade Stineman, Washington Irving Stineman, Harvey Cameron Stineman, Nettie May Stineman Slick, Lillie Blanche Stineman, Oliver Morton Stineman, Nora Stineman, Jacob Wilbur Stineman; died while in office of the Senate, April 2, 1913 (71 years, 358 days), South Fork, Cambria County, Pennsylvania; interment, South Fork Cemetery, South Fork, Cambria County, Pennsylvania.   

Early Career:

In 1863, when General Lee invaded Pennsylvania, he enlisted the state militia serving two months. In 1864, he enlisted in Company F. 198th Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, and served to the end of the war, being present when Lee surrendered at Appomattox Courthouse. 

After the war, engaged, bituminous coal mining business, president, Stineman Coal and Coke Company.   

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

First commander of Daniel T. Stineman Post, No. 560, of South Fork; named for his brother, served with, killed in action, Battle of Hatcher’s Run at Dabney’s Mills, Dinwiddie County, Virginia, February 5-7, 1865.  

Pennsylvania Politics:

Unsuccessful campaign, sheriff, Cambria County, 1885. 

Elected, sheriff, Cambria County, 1888-1890. 

Elected, delegate, Republican State Convention, 1889. 

Elected, Republican, Pennsylvania House of Representatives, 1893-1897, not a candidate for reelection, 1897.

Elected, delegate, Republican State Convention, 1897.

Elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 35th district, Blair and Cambria Counties, 1897-1908; committee assignments, Corporations, Forestry, Legislative Apportionment, Military Affairs, Public Grounds and Buildings (Chairman), Railroad.    

Elected, Taft presidential elector, 1908.

Elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 35th district, Cambria County, 1913; committee assignments, Appropriations, Congressional Apportionment, Corporations, Finance, Legislative Apportionment, Library (Chairman), Mines and Mining, Public Supply of Light, Heat and Water . 

Pennsylvania House of Representatives Biography:

Official Website - PA House Archives Official Website (


When Lieutenant Governor John M. Reynolds announced his death in the Senate he stated "That he was a man beloved and respected by all. I have known him for many years, having been associated with him both personally and in a business way and I know that in his life he has exemplified many of the noblest qualities of manhood." 

Son, Washington Irving Stineman, Pennsylvania State Senate, 35th district, Cambria County, 1921-1924.

Washington Irving Stineman  - Pennsylvania Senate Library (


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

Smull’s Legislative Handbook, (1905). Cochran, T.B., (Editor) Miller, H.P. (Assistant Editor) Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, pages 987, 992-995, Biographical Sketches of Senators, page 963.

The Pennsylvania Manual, (1913). Miller, H.P., (Compiler). Baker, W.H., (Assistant Compiler). Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, pages 1080, 1097-1090, Biographical Sketches of Senators, page 961.

The Gettysburg Compiler Newspaper - Gettysburg, Adams Co., Pennsylvania - Wednesday, April 9, 1913.

Jacob Croyle Stineman (1841-1913) - Find a Grave Memorial