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Pennsylvania State Senate

Grant Herring



Session Position District Party
1891-1892 24 Democrat
1893-1894 24 Democrat
 Counties   Columbia, Lycoming, Montour, Sullivan


1862 - 1912

Born May 19, 1862, Centreville, Columbia County; the son of George A. and -----------Herring; his father moved to Shenandoah Schuylkill County, becoming a coal operator and the Treasurer of Schuylkill County; later moving to Bloomsburg, Columbia County, where he also served as county treasurer.  Grant herring received his education in Shenadoah public schools, Bloomsburg State Normal School; graduating from Lafayette College in 1883.  He studied law and joined the Columbia bar in 1885; elected to the state Senate, November 1890; delegate at large to the Chicago Democratic National Convention, 1892.
He was a delegate to the convention which nominated Pattison for governor, and the delegation from Columbia County, being the last to cast its vote, had the distinction of naming the Democratic candidate, as the vote was very close. Mr. Herring married Mary A. Hess, who died in 1893 at the age of fifty-­seven years, and they became the parents of three children: Grant, the subject of this biographical record; Ida, who resides with her father at Bloomsburg; and John, who died in March, 1890, at the age of twenty-two years common schools, Shenandoah until 1876, when he entered the Bloomsburg State Normal School to prepare for college, remaining there until 1879. He then took a classical course in La­fayette College, graduating from there in June, 1883. He is an excellent speaker and a fluent writer, and in his Junior year took first hon­ors in the oratorical contest. In September, 1883, he began the study of law with E. R. Ikeler, Esq., afterwards president judge of the Twenty-sixth Judicial District. of Pennsyl­vania, being the immediate predecessor of our subject in that office at Bloomsburg, being admitted to the bar in February, 1885. He formed a partnership with Mr. Ikeler on the same under the firm name Ikeler & Her­ring, and they continued together for four years, until Mr. Herring was elected to the bench. He has since practiced alone, and has admission to the County, United States, State and District Supreme Courts. He had a good corporation practice, being solicitor for the Fanners' National Bank, attorney for the Philadelphia & Reading Railroad, for The Jackson & Woodin Manufacturing Company of Berwick, and a number of other prominent firms. He possesses essentially a legal mind and is indefatigable in the prosecution of cases which He under­takes, and has met with unusual success. Politically he has been quite active in the af­fairs of the Democratic party, and represented the Twenty-fourth Senatorial District of Pennsylvania in the State Senate from 1890 to 1894, being in the extra session called by Gov.Pattison in 1893 for the investigation of state officers. He was de1egate-at-Large from Pennsylvania to the Democratic National Convention in 1892 which chose Cleveland as the party candidate, and was also a delegate from his district in 1896 to the Chicago Con­vention. He was appointed collector of inter­nal revenue for the Twelfth District of Penn­sylvania, assuming the duties of office on Feb­ruary 3, 1894. He was appointed judge of the Twenty-sixth Judicial District August 12, 1898, but was not a candidate for election at the polls in November. He resumed the prac­tice of his profession in January, 1899.­ On September 4, 1885, Mr. Herring was united in marriage to Emma Jones of Blooms­burg, and they are the parents of three chil­dren, as follows: Donald, born September 25.
In 1907 he moved from Bloomsburg to Sunbury, and entered into a law partnership with Hon. S. P. Wolverton which continued for several years, when it was dissolved, and Judge Herring engaged in practice by himself. In 1911 his health began to fail, and in 1912 he went to Europe to visit his daughter, who was studying music in Berlin, and to seek medical assistance. While in Germany an attack of his old complaint resulted fatally, and at his own request he was buried there. His death occurred on Aug. 4, 1912, in Berchtesgaden, Bavaria.