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Col. Levi Maish, US Rep, PA

Birthplace: Strinestown, York County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death: February 26, 1899 (61)
Washington, District of Columbia, District Of Columbia, USA
Place of Burial: Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
Immediate Family:

Husband of Louise Libbey Maish
Father of Alexander William Maish

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About Col. Levi Maish, US Rep, PA

Levi Maish (November 22, 1837 – February 26, 1899) was a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania.

Early life

Levi Maish was born in Conewago Township, York County, Pennsylvania. He attended the common schools and the York County Academy. He taught school in Manchester Township and in York.

Civil War

During the American Civil War, Maish recruited a company for the Union Army in 1862, and because of this joined the 130th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry as a Captain. He was promoted to lieutenant colonel because of his education. In less than two months he was involved in the battle of Antietam, wounded severely in the upper chest and lung, leading an advance across the cornfield in front of the initially strong defensive position of the sunken road. During his convalescence, he was promoted to colonel. After the Battle of Fredericksburg. He was mustered out with his regiment at the expiration of its term of service on May 21, 1863.

Education and Pennsylvania state service

Maish attended lectures in the law department of the University of Pennsylvania at Philadelphia, and was admitted to the bar in 1864. He served as a member of the Pennsylvania State House of Representatives in 1867 and 1868. He was appointed by the legislature in 1872 as one of a commission to reexamine and reaudit the accounts of certain public officers of York County, Pennsylvania.

United States House of Representatives

Maish was elected as a Democrat to the Forty-fourth and Forty-fifth Congresses. He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1878. He was again elected to the Fiftieth and Fifty-first Congresses. He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1890. He was engaged in the practice of law in Washington, D.C., until his death there in 1899. Interment in Arlington National Cemetery.


Maish was made a Mason in York Lodge No. 266, F.&A.M., in York, Pennsylvania on January 6, 1863. He resigned in 1869 to become a warrant member of Zeredatha Lodge No. 451 in York, of which he was subsequently elected to serve as Worshipful Master in 1873.

US Congressman. Elected to represent Pennsylvania's 19th District in the United States House of Representatives, serving from 1875 to 1879, and 1887 to 1891. Also served as a Member of the Pennsylvania State Legislature. The son of David & Salome Sarah (Neuman) Maish, in 1860, he was a teacher living in York Borough and was also studying law. A Civil War veteran, he enlisted in York August 4, 1862, and mustered into federal service at Harrisburg August 9 as captain of Co. K, 130th Pennsylvania Infantry. Eight days later, he received promotion to lieutenant colonel but did not muster at the rank until October 28. Shot in the right lung at the battle of Antietam September 17, 1862, he was hospitalized first at nearby Boonesboro and then transferred to the army hospital in York. He left York November 9 to return to the regiment and was promoted to colonel December 14, 1862, in Washington DC, but years later could not recall mustering at the rank. He temporarily commanded the 2nd Brigade, 3rd Division, 2nd Corps in April 1863 and again very briefly at Chancellorsville before taking a bullet in the right upper thigh that "placed [him] in a hospital in the field on the north side of the Rappahannock River." He honorably discharged with his regiment May 21, 1863. Admitted to the bar in 1864, he practiced law in both the English and German languages. A Democrat living in a Democratic area, he was elected to four terms in Congress (1875 - 1890) where he fought to obtain the best possible pension programs for veterans. He married Louisa Libby "Lulu" Miller, former resident of Winchester, Virginia, October 30, 1883, in Washington DC, and fathered Alexander William (b. 08/28/84). He complained of his battle wounds the remaining years of his life, especially the hip wound revealed by a scar 3" long and 1" wide. He kept the ball as a souvenir. The ball in his lung remained there for life and became a weather prognosticator, becoming painful at the approach of a storm front. Louisa died of pneumonia in New York January 8, 1890, and Levi died of "La Grippe and a cerebral hemorrhage" at his mother-in-law's home in Washington. Both were initially buried in Oak Hill Cemetery, Washington DC, but re-interred to Arlington August 7, 1919.

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Col. Levi Maish, US Rep, PA's Timeline

November 22, 1837
Strinestown, York County, Pennsylvania, USA
August 28, 1884
February 26, 1899
Age 61
Washington, District of Columbia, District Of Columbia, USA
Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA