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Pennsylvania State Senate

Samuel A Losch



Session Position District Party
1897-1898 29 Republican
1899-1900 29 Republican
 Counties   Schuylkill


1842 - 1900

The Hon. Samuel Losch was born in Uniontown, Pa., Dec. 19, 1842, the son of George Losch, who died at sea during the Mexican War.  Losch moved to Schuylkill Haven, where he worked as a boatman, before enlisting on Sept. 9, 1861, private, Co. C., 50th Regt., PVI (the Goodrich Guards), three-year service.  Promoted Sgt. at organization, he saw action at Port Royal, S.C., Pocataligo, and Hilton Head.  He returned to the aid of Pope’s Virginia Campaign, thereafter participating in 2d Bull Run; South Mtn.; Antietam (advance over Burnside Bridge); Fredericksburg; the Mud March; Newport News; Paris, Ky.; Vicksburg; Jackson; Burnside’s East Tenn. Campaign; and the pursuit of Longstreet.  Losch reenlisted on Jan 1, 1864 for another three years: action at the Wilderness; Spotsylvania; the Assault on the Salient; Cold Harbor; the Petersburg Campaign; Poplar Springs Church; Boydton Plank Road and Hatcher’s Run (promoted 2d Lt.); and the Appomattox Campaign (promoted 1st Lt.); mustered out July 30, 1865, Washington D.C.  After the war, he was commissioned Major in the Pa. National Guard; Clerk to Commonwealth Secretary Matthew Stanley Quay, 1873; state House of Representatives, 1875-1876; champion of the Labor Arbitration Law; clerk to Gov. Hartranft and Gov. Hoyt; U.S. Postal Inspector, 1884; Secretary of the New Mexico Territory under Pres. Arthur, serving as interim Governor, 1884; Chief Clerk, House of Representatives, 1887; elected a second term to the House, 1892; and served in the state Senate 1897-1900.  Senator Losch died at the end of his term, December 11, 1900.

History of Schuylkill Co., Pa. (New York: W.W. Munsell & Co., 1881)