Member Biography

Horace Billings Packer 


John W. Jordan, Genealogical and Personal History of Northern Pennsylvania (New York: Lewis Historical Publishing Co., 1913), 522.


Sessions Office Position District Party
1889-1890       25 Republican
1891-1892       25 Republican

COUNTIES: Tioga, McKean, Potter  


10/11/1851 - 04/13/1940

Horace Billings Packer (R25) McKean, Potter and Tioga Counties 1889-1892

Early Life: 

Horace Billings Packer born October 11, 1851 Wellsboro, Tioga County, Pennsylvania; son of Doctor Nelson Packer and Mary McDougall Packer; Wellsboro Academy; Alfred University, New York; admitted, Tioga County bar, 1873; engaged, real estate, banking, lumber businesses; attorney; elected, district attorney, Tioga County, 1875-1879; elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State House of Representatives, 1885-1888; elected, Republican Pennsylvania State Senate, 1889-1892, unsuccessful reelection campaign, 1892; president, Republican State Conventions 1893, 1894; elected, Republican, United States Congress, 1897-1901; Presidential Elector, Pennsylvania, 1916; delegate, Republican National Convention, Pennsylvania, 1924; died, April 13, 1940 (age 88 years, 185 days), Wellsboro, Tioga County, Pennsylvania, interment Wellsboro Cemetery, Wellsboro, Tioga County, Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania Politics: 

Elected, Tioga County, district attorney, 1875-1879.

Elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State House of Representatives, 1885-1888. 

Elected, Republican Pennsylvania State Senate, 25th district, McKean, Potter and Tioga Counties, 1889-1892; committee assignments, Banks, Congressional Apportionment, Judiciary Local, Judiciary Special; unsuccessful reelection campaign, 1892. 

President, Republican State Conventions 1893-1894.

Continued Government Service/National Politics:

Elected, Republican, United States Congress, 16th District, 55th-56th congresses 1897-1901; not a candidate for renomination, 1900.  

Presidential Elector, Pennsylvania, 1916; delegate, Republican National Convention, Pennsylvania, 1924.

Pennsylvania House of Representatives Biography:

Official Website - PA House Archives Official Website (


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

Smull’s Legislative Handbook, (1890). Cochran, T.B., (Editor) Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, pages 696, 702-704, Biographical Sketches of Senators, page 668.

Horace Billings Packer (1851-1940) - Find a Grave Memorial

Congressional Biography

After 2 session(s) serving in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, Horace Billings Packer  went on to serve in congress