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Pennsylvania State Senate

Jacob George Heilman



Session Position District Party
1873 12 Republican
1875 17 Republican
 Counties   Dauphin, Lebanon


1836 - 1890

Jacob G. Heilman, son of Jacob Heilman and Susanna Stroh, was born May 26, 1836, in Jonestown, Lebanon Co., Pa. (See Heilman record.) He was educated in the public schools of the neighborhood, the Lebanon Academy, and the Moravian Academy at Lititz, Lancaster Co. After a brief period devoted to mercantile pursuits, he began the study of law with Gen. John Weidman, of Lebanon. He subsequently returned to Jonestown, and with his brother entered mercantile life. In 1862 he became connected with the Lebanon Mutual Fire Insurance Company as secretary, and has since continued his relations with that organization. He was twice in service during the Rebellion; was captured near Gettysburg, and released on parole at Hunterstown. Upon the reorganization of the National Guard of Pennsylvania, he was captain of Company E, Eighth Regiment, during the railroad riots of 1877. In 1867 he was elected a representative to the State Legislature on the Republican ticket, and re-elected in 1868. In 1872 he was elected to the State Senate from the Dauphin and Lebanon district, and in 1875 returned from the new district of Lebanon. During this period he served on the Committees of Ways and Means, Corporations, Centennial, and others of importance. He has held the various township offices, and was president of the school board of Jonestown. He is a director of the Jonestown Bank, and is the present treasurer of the "Church Home for Friendless Children," under the management of the Protestant Episcopal Church, with which denomination he has been for years identified.  He died on March 11, 1890; interred in the Jonestown Lutheran Cemetery.