Jeremiah S Hess
The son of Rev. Samuel Hess and Elizabeth Dorothea Owens, born Dec. 3, 1843, Hellertown, Pennsylvania; he was educated at Nisky Hill Academy, Bethlehem; Allentown Seminary; and Phi Beta Kappa at Franklin and Marshall College, graduating in 1862 with a Master of Arts degree. He taught at Allentown Seminary, 1862-64; and entered the Theological Semionary at Mercersburg for one year; travelled to Germany attended lectures at the Universities of Berlin, Bonn, and Tubingen. Suffering from poor health, he abandoned theological studies, returned to the U.S. in 1867 pursuing the lumber and coal business at Hellertown; was cashier of the Hellertown Savings Bank, 1873-77; Superintendent of Christ Union Sunday School, Hellertown; principal of the Hellertown Academy, 1878-1880; chief burgess of Hellertown Borough; several-term Jusice of the Peace; and served one term during the Pattison administration in the state Senate, 1883-86. After an unsuccessful bid for Congress, he was appointed notary public through 1914; a founder of the Pennsylvania German Society; and a Mason, serving for 26 years as Lodge secretary. In 1883 he embarked on a lifelong passion for preserving state forests. He married, June 17, 1875, Tillie Henninger.