JACK, Summers Melville, (1852 - 1945)


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

JACK, Summers Melville, a Representative from Pennsylvania; born in Summersville, Jefferson County, Pa., July 18, 1852; attended the public and private schools of Jefferson County and the Indiana Normal School (now State Teachers College) of Pennyslvania; taught school for six years; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1879 and commenced practice in Indiana, Pa.; district attorney for Indiana County 1884-1890; appointed member of the board of trustees of the Indiana Normal School in 1886 and by reappointment served more than forty years; chairman of the congressional conference for the twenty-first district in 1896; elected as a Republican to the Fifty-sixth and Fifty-seventh Congresses (March 4, 1899-March 3, 1903); was not a candidate for renomination in 1902; member of the congressional delegation sent to the Philippine Islands in 1901 to inquire into the advisability of establishing civil government; resumed the practice of law; delegate to the Republican National Convention at Chicago in 1908; died in Indiana, Pa., September 16, 1945; interment in the Oakland Cemetery, Indiana, Pa.