DEEMER, Elias, (1838 - 1918)


”Around the Capital” (detail), engraving, Thomas Fleming, 1902, Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives

DEEMER, Elias, a Representative from Pennsylvania; born near Durham, Bucks County, Pa., January 3, 1838; attended public and private schools; engaged in mercantile pursuits in Lycoming County and in Philadelphia in 1860; during the Civil War enlisted in July 1861 as a private in Company E, One Hundred and Fourth Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers, and served until the middle of May following, when he was discharged because of disabilities; moved to Milford, N.J., in 1862 and engaged in business; moved to Williamsport, Pa., in 1868 and engaged in the manufacture of lumber; president of the common council 1888-1890; president of the Williamsport National Bank 1893-1918; also interested in the publication of several newspapers at Williamsport; delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1896; elected as a Republican to the Fifty-seventh, Fifty-eighth, and Fifty-ninth Congresses (March 4, 1901-March 3, 1907); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1906 to the Sixtieth Congress and for election in 1908 to the Sixty-first Congress; resumed lumber operations in Pennsylvania, and at Deemer, Miss., which town he founded and gave his name; died in Williamsport, Pa., March 29, 1918; interment in Wildwood Cemetery.