Born in Lebanon, Pennsylvania on July 10, 1787, Jacob Stoever was the son of Frederic Stover and the grandson of the Reverend John Caspar Stoever. He received little formal education; served as a printer’s apprentice in Harrisburg and returned to Lebanon in 1809 to purchase Der Freie Libanon. The newspaper proved successful, publishing continually as the Libanon Morgenstern through 1837, at which time Stoever sold the journal to Samuel Miller. He ran successfully for a seat in the state Senate, 1830-1834; and was commissioned justice of the peace in 1835. Senator Stoever passed away at the residence of his son, near Myerstown, December 4, 1862. He is interred at Kimmerling’s church in North Lebanon Township.