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Jacob D Boas


Session Position District Party
1847 9 Whig
 Counties   Lehigh, Northampton


1806 - 1887

The son of William Dick and Martha Smith (Ingram) Boas, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Jacob Dick Boas was born on October 5, 1806.  His father was the bill printer for the state House and Senate, and publisher of the Harrisburg Reporter. After his father's death, Jacob moved to his uncle Jacob Levin’s in Kutztown.  At fifteen he trained as a hatter, working as a journeyman until 1831, and establishing his own business at Allentown, PA.   He was elected to borough council; was treasurer of Lehigh County in 1840; and a member of the state Senate, 1847-1849.  In 1850, he moved to Harrisburg where he pursued the jewelry business (eventually succeeded by his son) and later was elected sheriff of Dauphin County in 1860.  In 1868, he was appointed United States “guager” in the Internal Revenue Department, resigning when he was elected Mayor of Harrisburg in 1873, serving one term.  Mr. Boas married Elizabeth Seller in 1831; and second, Emeline Yeakel Krause in 1873.  He died in Harrisburg on March 25, 1887.
 Colonial and Revolutionary Families of Pa, New York: Lewis Historical Publishing Co., Inc, 1948