Member Biography

Luther Riley Keefer 

Sessions Office Position District Party
1877       29 Republican
1879-1880       29 Republican
1881-1882       29 Republican
1883-1884       29 Republican
1885-1886       29 Republican
1887-1888       29 Republican
1889-1890       29 Republican
1891-1892       29 Republican
1893-1894       29 Republican
1895-1896       29 Republican

COUNTIES: Schuylkill  


03/05/1834 - 07/28/1908

Luther Reily Keefer (R29) Schuylkill County 1877-1896

Early Life: 

Luther Reily Keefer, born March 5, 1834 Harrisburg, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania; son of Andrew and Catherine Brua Keefer; educated, public schools, private school, Schuylkill Haven; foundry apprentice, Colebrookdale Iron Works, Berks County; engaged, iron and brass foundry, Schuylkill County; local councilman, burgess, and school director, Schuylkill County; Civil War, served, 60-day Emergency Militia Company, Gettysburg Campaign; appointed Deputy United States Marshal, Fourteenth District, elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1877-1896; married Anna E. Osler, children, Brua Cameron Keefer and Willie Keefer (infant); died July 28, 1908 (aged 74), Reading, Berks County, Pennsylvania, interred at Cressona Cemetery, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania.  

Early Career:

Engaged, with brother Major John Brua Keefer, operated, iron and brass foundry, supplying production for the Mine Hill and Schuylkill Haven Railroad, at Cressona, Schuylkill County.

Enlisted, Company A, 27th Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry Emergency Service (27th Pennsylvania Infantry), 1863.

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

Member, Board of Trustees, Pennsylvania College at Gettysburg; Board of Trustees, Keystone State Normal School, Kutztown, Pennsylvania.

Member, Mason, 1856, Master of Page Lodge, No. 270, 1863; Cressona Lodge, No. 426, 1872; Tamaqua Chapter, No. 127, R. A. M., Ivanhoe Commandery, No. 31, K. T.; Denzer post, No. 29. G.A.R., Cressona, filled all the executive offices in the post; member, Washington Camp, No. 129, Patriotic Order Sons of America.

Pennsylvania Politics:

Councilman, burgess, and school director, Schuylkill County

Appointed, Deputy United States Marshal, Fourteenth Sub-District, Pennsylvania.

Elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 29th district, Schuylkill County, 1877-1896, member, Apportionments Appropriations Corporations, Elections, Finance, and Gratuities, Mines and Mining and Railroads Committees. Special committee, examine alleged misappropriation, money, State Treasurer, 1880; special committee, draft a general revenue bill, 1888; member, special election committee, determine the election contest, Third Senatorial District, Philadelphia; case, Osborne vs. Devlin, 1889.


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

Smull’s Legislative Handbook, (1893). Cochran, T.B., (Editor) Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, pages 810, 815-817, Biographical Sketches of Senators, page 776.

Luther Reily Keefer (1834-1908) - Find a Grave Memorial