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Pennsylvania State Senate

John Weinland Killinger

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Photograph: From Brady, 1860 Congress composite, National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Md.




Session Position District Party
1855 7 Republican
 Counties   Lancaster, Lebanon


1824 - 1896

John Weinland Killinger was born in Annville, Lebanon County, Pa., September 18, 1824, the son of state Senator John Killinger and the former Mary Fannie Shertzer.  He attended Annville public schools and the Lebanon Academy, graduated from the Mercersburg (Pa.) Preparatory School and Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster, in 1843.  Killinger studied law in Lancaster under Thaddeus Stevens and was admitted to the bar in 1846; practicing in Lebanon through 1886.  He became prosecuting attorney for Lebanon County in 1848 and 1849; member of the state House of Representatives in 1850 and 1851; served in the State senate 1854-1857; was a delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1856; elected as a Republican to the Thirty-sixth and Thirty-seventh Congresses (March 4, 1859-March 3, 1863); chairman of the Committee on Expenditures in the Post Office Department (Thirty-seventh Congress); was not a candidate for re-nomination in 1862; assessor of internal revenue 1864-1866; elected to the Forty-second and Forty-third Congresses (March 4, 1871-March 3, 1875); was not a candidate for re-nomination in 1874; resumed the practice of law; was elected to the Forty-fifth and Forty-sixth Congresses (March 4, 1877-March 3, 1881) but was not a candidate for re-nomination in 1880.  In addition to public pursuits, Killinger was editor and part owner of the Lebanon Courier through 1849; part owner of the Philadelphia Daily News with John P. Sanderson later, and solicitor for the Philadelphia & Reading Railroad Company.  The Honorable John Killinger died in Lebanon, Pa., June 30, 1896; interment in Mount Lebanon Cemetery.  He was married to the former Mary Hittell in Marion, Ohio, in 1853.