Member Biography

Verus Hope Metzger 


Portrait: from composite, Courtesy Lycoming County Bar Association

Sessions Office Position District Party
1887-1888       24 Democrat
1889-1890       24 Democrat


03/25/1859 - 05/28/1891

Verus Hope Metzger (D24) Columbia, Lycoming, Montour and Sullivan Counties 1887-1890

Early Life: 

Verus Hope Metzger born March 25, 1859, Clinton Township, Lycoming County, Pennsylvania, son of the Honorable Johann Jacob and Endetta Metzger; public School education; Dickinson Seminary; Gettysburg College, 1878; studied law with his father, admitted, Lycoming, bar, 1881; elected, Democrat, Lycoming County district attorney, 1883-1886; married, Lulu Condradi, 1884, two children; elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1887-1890; died, May 28, 1891 (aged 32), home, diabetes, Williamsport, Lycoming County, Pennsylvania; interment, Wildwood Cemetery, Williamsport, Lycoming County, Pennsylvania.

 Early Career:

Member, Company G, 12th Regiment, Pennsylvania National Guard

Pennsylvania Politics:

Elected, Democrat, Lycoming County, district attorney, 1883-1886.

Elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 24th district, Columbia, Lycoming, Montour and Sullivan Counties, 1887-1890, committee assignments, Banks, Federal Relations, Judiciary Local, and Retrenchment and Reform. 


From birth to be seated, youngest serving member, Pennsylvania State Senate, March 25, 1859-January 4, 1887, (27 years, 9 months, 11 days including the end date).


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

Smull’s Legislative Handbook, (1887) Cochran, T.B., Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, pages 650, 654-656, Biographical Sketches of Senators, page 624. 

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