Member Biography

Jacob Samils Haldeman 

Sessions Office Position District Party
1853       12 Democrat
1854       12 Democrat
1855       12 Democrat



10/13/1823 - 11/27/1889

Jacob Samils Haldeman (D12) York County 1853-1855

Early Life:

Jacob Samils Haldeman, born October 13, 1823; Lancaster, Pennsylvania, son of Jacob Miller and Eliza Ewing Haldeman; engaged, farmer, banker-financier; elected, Democrat Pennsylvania House of Representatives, 1850-1851; elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senator, 1853-1855; moved, New Cumberland Pennsylvania; switched, Republican Party, 1858; delegate, Republican National Convention, 1860; appointed, “minister resident of the United States at Stockholm,” 1861; owned farm, Fairview Township, York County, Pennsylvania; relocated, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, 1880; married,  Caroline Rosina Hummel, two daughters, Elizabeth, Anna Mary; died, November 27, 1889, Bolton House, Harrisburg, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania; interment, Harrisburg Cemetery, Harrisburg, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.

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

President, State Agricultural Society.

Pennsylvania Politics:

Elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania House of Representatives, 1850-1851.

Elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senator, 12th district, York County, 1853-1855.

Switched, Republican Party, 1858; delegate, Republican National Convention, 1860.

Appointed, President Abraham Lincoln, “minister resident of the United States at Stockholm,” 1861-1864; following a suggestion by Secretary of War Simon Cameron.

Pennsylvania House of Representatives Biography:

Official Website - PA House Archives Official Website ( 


Cox, Harold. "Senate Members H"Wilkes University Election Statistics Project. Wilkes University.

Harrisburg Independent (Harrisburg, Pennsylvania) Wednesday Evening, November 27, 1889. 

Jacob Samils Haldeman (1821-1889) - Find a Grave Memorial