Jacob Gilbert Zern
Rodearmel, 1905, Senate of Pennsylvania
Jacob Zern was born in New Hanover Township, Montgomery County, on Feb. 24, 1845; educated in public schools and the Millersville State Normal School. He enlisted for 100-days service, age 17, private in Co. C., 195th Regt., PVI, Camp Curtin, July 24, 1864; guarded rail lines at Monocacy Junction and Berkeley County, West Virginia; guarded fords of the Shenandoah River in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia; expedition to Berryville, Staunton, and Harrisonburg, Va.; returned to Washington where he was discharged, June 16, 1865. Graduated from the Univ. of Pennsylvania Medical School, 1868; opened private practice at Weissport, Carbon County; elected to state House of Reps., 1879-1882; appointed postmaster at Weissport, Pa.; burgess at Lehighton, 1893; Associate Judge of Carbon County, 1894-1899; unsuccessful bid for state Senate as a Democrat in 1900, but filed papers as an Independent Democrat (Fusionist) in 1902 and won endorsement of Republicans. After his term, he served as Director of the Senate Appropriations Committee. Dr. Zen died on March 20, 1926.