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Herzog, Jacob B.

 Digital Record
Identifier: 2008.013.01


  • Digitized: circa 1893-1896


Summary Note

Jacob P. Herzog was born on February 10, 1861 in Rockland Township, Pennsylvania to Phillip and Polly (Behm) Herzog. He was educated in the public schools until he moved to Oley, Pennsylvania where he continued to be educated in public schools and eventually Oley Academy. His employment included farming, painting and teaching. As of 1895, he had worked as a teacher in Oley Township and Ruscombmanor Township for seventeen years.

Politically, Herzog served as chairman of the Democratic Club of Oley, served as delegate to County and State Conventions and in 1890, he was appointed secretary of the Standing Committee of Berks County by Chairman Herbst. According to William Rodearmel, “in that campaign, [he] did excellent service for the Democracy, the county giving a majority of 8,901 for Pattison, the largest in its history,“ (William Rodearmel, Portraits of the Heads of State Departments and Portraits and Sketches of Members of the Legislature of Pennsylvania, 1893-1894, p. 131). He continued serving in this capacity for three years.

In 1892, he was nominated, along with eight others, as a Representative of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. He was “elected by a majority of 7,554 votes,” and was re-elected in 1894, despite the “Republican landslide.” (William Rodearmel, The State Department and Members and Officers of the Legislature of Pennsylvania, 1895, p. 193). He served Berks Counties’ 2nd District from 1893-1896.

According to William McAtee, “he gained prominence as an opponent of compulsory educations …[and] his speech in opposition to this bill was most brilliant, and convinced the House that he [wa]s a man of unquestioned ability,” He is described as one who “performed his duties with an eye single to the public welfare,” and as being an “ardent Member” of the Democratic Party, (William McAtee, Portraits and Biographies of the Members of the Legislature of Pennsylvania and Heads of Departments, Session of 1895, p. 191) While a representative, Herzog served on the following standing committees: Agriculture, Education, Library, Printing, Public Buildings and Ways and Means.

In addition to excelling in politics, Herzog was “also a musician and ... filled with credit the position of organist in various churches … His musical talent [was] carefully cultivated and he ha[d] done considerable teaching in this line," (McAtee, p. 191). He was married to Clara A. K. Hoch.

Jacob B. Herzog died in 1926 at the age of 65.

Physical Description Note

Written on the back: Hertzogg-Berks

Physical Description Note

Written on the back: Hertzogg-Berks

Repository Details

Part of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives Archives Repository

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