Jacob B Kemerer
Born December 21, 1844, Centre Valley, Upper Saucon, Lehigh County, Jacob was the son of German immigrants Benjamin and Mary (Bachman) Kemerer; moved to Freemansburg as a child where his father was employed as a canal boat-builder, then to Philadelphia where Jacob received a public school and high school education, graduating in 1861. He worked in the wholesaling business and read law with Judge U.J. Wenner of Bethlehem, admitted to the bar in 1876. In 1886, he formed a partnership in the real estate and fire insurance business with Clarence Wolle of West Bethlehem. He was a member of the Bethlehem council from 1880 to 1887, elected president of the council, 1885-1887; and Chief Burgess of Bethlehem and in 1887. He chaired the city’s Street, Water, Law, and Police Committees; was borough solicitor, 1892-93; and in 1898 received the County Committee’s nomination for state senator. Victorious in the general election, he served less than two years. Suffering from Bright’s disease, he died in office on October 16, 1901. The Senator married Amanda J. Seem in 1865.
Obituary: South Bethlehem Globe, Oct. 16, 1901