REYNOLDS, John Merriman, (1848 - 1933)


John Reynolds campaign card (detail), 1904-1909, Collection of U.S. House of Representatives

REYNOLDS, John Merriman, a Representative from Pennsylvania; born near Quarryville, Lancaster County, Pa., March 5, 1848; attended the public schools; was graduated from the first Pennsylvania State Normal School in 1867 and from Columbian (now George Washington) University, Washington, D.C., in 1895; principal of public schools of Bedford, Pa., 1867-1869; studied law; was admitted to the bar February 15, 1870, and commenced practice in Bedford, Pa.; publisher of the Bedford Gazette 1872-1880; member of the State house of representatives in 1873 and 1874; prosecuting attorney of Bedford County 1875-1879; president of the board of education of Bedford 1884-1900; delegate to the Democratic National Conventions in 1888 and 1892; engaged in the banking business in 1893; Assistant Secretary of the Interior from April 15, 1893, to June 1, 1897; elected as a Republican to the Fifty-ninth, Sixtieth, and Sixty-first Congresses and served from March 4, 1905, to January 17, 1911, when he resigned to accept the office of Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania, which office he held from 1911 to 1915; resumed the practice of law and again engaged in banking in Bedford, Pa.; member of the commission to revise the banking laws of the State of Pennsylvania 1917-1925; died in Bedford, Pa., September 14, 1933; interment in Bedford Cemetery.