Member Biography

Jeremiah S. Hess 

Sessions Office Position District Party
1883-1884       18 Democrat
1885-1886       18 Democrat

COUNTIES: Northampton  


12/03/1843 - 03/29/1928

Jeremiah S. Hess (D18) Northampton County 1883-1886

Early Life:

Jeremiah S. Hess, born December 3, 1843, Hellertown, Northampton County, Pennsylvania; son of Reverend Samuel and Lucretia Klein Hess; prepared for college in the schools of Bethlehem and Allentown; Allentown Seminary; Phi Beta Kappa, Franklin and Marshall College, Master of Arts degree, 1862; teacher, Allentown Seminary, 1862-1864; entered, Theological Seminary, Mercersburg, 1865; attended lectures, Universities of Berlin, Bonn, and Tubingen, Germany; poor health, abandoned theological studies, returned, United States, 1867; engaged, lumber, coal, brick business, Hellertown; cashier, Saucon Savings Bank, 1873-1877; Superintendent of Christ Union Sunday School, Hellertown; principal, Hellertown Academy, 1878-1880; chief burgess, Hellertown Borough; member, town council, borough of Hellertown; elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1883-1686; married, Tillie Henninger Hess, 1875, children, Herbert H. Hess, Clara Hess, Mary L. Hess, Samuel Hess; died, March 29, 1928 (aged 84), Hellertown, Northampton County, Pennsylvania; interment, Union Cemetery, Hellertown, Northampton County, Pennsylvania.

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

Founder, Pennsylvania German Society; Mason, served, Lodge secretary, twenty-six years. 

Pennsylvania Politics:

Chief burgess, Hellertown Borough; member, town council, borough of Hellertown.

Elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 18thd district, Northampton County, 1883-1886; committee assignments, Education, Insurance, Legislative Apportionment, Library.


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

Smull’s Legislative Handbook, (1885). Smull, W.P., (Editor) Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, pages 843, 849-851, Biographical Sketches of Senators, page 809.

Jeremiah S Hess (1843-1928) - Find a Grave Memorial