Member Biography

John Meek Goehring 

Sessions Office Position District Party
1903-1904       42 Republican
1905-1906       42 Republican

COUNTIES: Allegheny  


10/13/1848 - 06/21/1933

John Meek Goehring (R42) Allegheny (Part) County 1903-1906

Early Life:

John Meek Goehring, born October 13, 1848, Reserve Township, Allegheny City (now Pittsburgh), Allegheny County, Pennsylvania; son of Charles Louis and Eliza Meek Goehring; Humbolt Street School, Allegheny City; Western University (now University of Pittsburgh); Harvard University; admitted bar, 1876; attorney; private practice; elected, Allegheny City Common Council, 1895; elected, president, Allegheny City Common Council, 1899-1902; elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1903-1906; gubernatorial appointed, Pittsburgh Council of Nine; elected, first president, Pittsburgh Council of Nine; resumed law practice; married, Mary Elizabeth Neeb Goehring, children, Doctor William Neeb, Harvey J., Louis M., Flora; died, June 21, 1933 (aged 84), interment, Homewood Cemetery, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. 

Pennsylvania Politics:

Elected, Allegheny City Common Council, 1895; elected, president, Allegheny City Common Council, 1899-1902.

Elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 42nd district, Allegheny (Part) County, 1903-1906; standing committee assignments, Senate of Pennsylvania, extraordinary and regular session, 1906, Congressional Apportionment Education Judiciary General Municipal Affairs Public Roads and Highways Public Supply of Light, Heat and Water.

Extraordinary session, legislation accomplished by the Senate, 1906, personal registration law, direct primary legislation, enacted; up until this legislation candidates were chosen at conventions.

Appointed, Governor John Kinley Tener, Pittsburgh Council of Nine, 1911; elected, first president, Pittsburgh Council of Nine.


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

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) · Thursday, June 22, 1933 · Page 7.

John Meek Goehring (1848-1933) - Find a Grave Memorial