Member Biography

Andrew Jackson Herr 

Sessions Office Position District Party
1875       15 Republican
1877       15 Republican
1879-1880     President Pro Tempore 15 Republican

COUNTIES: Dauphin  


12/31/1828 - 03/16/1894

Private Andrew Jackson “Jack” Herr (R15) Dauphin County 1875-1884

Early Life: 

Andrew Jackson Herr, born, December 31, 1828, Greencastle, Franklin County, Pennsylvania; son of Daniel Kunkle Herr and Salome Sarah Herr; graduated, Zane Street Grammar School (Philadelphia High School); author; contributor, Saturday Evening Post, Neal's Gazette, of Philadelphia;Dauphin county bar, 1850; private, Civil War, 1862; lawyer 1850-1894; elected, District Attorney, Dauphin County, 1856-1865; elected, solicitor, Dauphin County, 1866; elected, Republican, Pennsylvania House of Representatives, 1867-1868; elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1874-1884; elected, President Pro Tempore, 1879-1880; married, Martha Linn Coyle Herr, (d.1858) no children; married, Nancy Mathers Coyle Herr (d.1862) son, Daniel Coyle Herr; married, Nancy Jane “Nannie” Gilmore Herr, 1863; daughter, Eleanor Gilbert Boyd; died, March 16, 1894, (age 61) Harrisburg, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania; interment, Harrisburg Cemetery, Harrisburg, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania. 

Early Career:

Enlisted, private, First Regiment, Company E, First Militia, mustering out, Camp Curtin; regiment disbanded, September 25, 1862, it served its purpose, supplying General George Brinton McClellan’s troops during the Maryland Campaign (Battle of Antietam). Afterwards known as the “Colonel” 


Herr, Andrew Jackson.  Fanny Roberteen, or, The Chain of Destiny: A Romance. Boston: Gleeson, 1847.

Herr, Andrew Jackson.  Maid of the Valley, or, The Brother’s Revenge: A Tale of the Revolution.  New York: W.H. Graham, 1847.

Herr, Andrew Jackson.  In Memoriam: Decoration Day. no publisher, 1882.

Pennsylvania Politics:

Elected, District Attorney, Dauphin County, 1856-1865. 

Elected, solicitor, Dauphin County, 1866. 

Elected, Republican, Pennsylvania House of Representatives, 1868-1869; not a candidate for reelection, 1869. 

Elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate 15th district, Dauphin County, 1875-1884; elected, President Pro Tempore, 1879-1880; unsuccessful campaign for reelection to the Senate, 1884; committee assignments, Finance, Judicial Apportionment, Judicial Special, Municipal Affairs, Public Buildings.  

Pennsylvania House of Representatives Biography: 

Official Website - PA House Archives Official Website ( 


Andrew Jackson Herr won three elections, serving as District Attorney from 1856 to 1865. Described by contemporaries as a remarkable criminal lawyer and “...perhaps the most accomplished word painter the Bar has for several generations produced.” Herr went on to greater distinction in the State House and the State Senate, serving in the latter for 9 years, for two years as President Pro Tem of that body.  

Served as President Pro Tempore for the opening of the 1879 session, marked the first day of the Senate’s new biennial system, an iconic provision of the 1874 Constitution.


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

Smull’s Legislative Handbook, (1883). Smull, W.P., (Editor) Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, pages 764, 770-772, Biographical Sketches of Senators, page 732.

History of the District Attorney's Office | Dauphin County District Attorney's Office (

Commemorative Biographical Encyclopedia of Dauphin County, Containing Sketches of Representative Citizens, and Many of the Early Scotch-Irish and German Settlers. Chambersburg, Pennsylvania: J. M. Runk & Company, 1896, pages 253-254.

Andrew Jackson Herr (1828-1894) - Find a Grave Memorial