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Pennsylvania State Senate

Jacob Drumheller


Session Position District Party
1827-1828 10 Democrat
1829-1830 10 Democrat
1831-1832 10 Democrat
 Counties   Columbia, Luzerne


1790 - 1857

First resident of Hazleton, 1809, built a stage stand and tavern; father originally of Northampton County, settled in today’s Sugarloaf Township, Luzerne County in 1785; the senator was part owner and first incorporater of the Hazleton Coal Co., 1836.
In the late 1700s and early 1800s, the "Warrior Trail" was widened and became the Berwick Turnpike. Later, a road was built to connect Wilkes-Barre to McKeansburg. This road intersected with the Berwick Turnpike at what is present-day Broad and Vine Streets, in downtown Hazleton. An entrepreneur named Jacob Drumheller decided that this intersection was the perfect location for a rest-stop, so in 1809, he built the first building in what would be later known as Hazleton. Though a few buildings and houses began to be built nearby, the area remained a dense wilderness for about 20 more years. Aside from small-scale logging, the area offered little else.
Birth: Feb. 11, 1790
Berks County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Jun. 8, 1857
Conyngham, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, USA

Jacob Drumheller was of German descent, one of the pioneers of Sugar Loaf Township. The former followed surveying as a profession, and was also engaged in farming. He served one term as a member of the Pennsylvania State Legislature and for upward twenty years was a justice of the peace of Sugar Loaf Township. He was born February 18, 1790 and died June 8, 1857. His wife was a daughter of Henry Thomas, of Butler Township, this county, and by her he had nine children, as follows: William, John, Aaron, Eliza (Mrs. William Shirley), Stephen, Alonzo, Alice, George W. and Caroline (Mrs. James Rhodes), all deceased except Alice and George W.
Burial:: Union Cemetery
Conyngham, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, USA