Hon. Jacob Dick Boas

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Hon. Jacob Dick Boas

Birthplace: Harrisburg, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, United States
Death: March 25, 1887 (80)
Harrisburg, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, United States
Place of Burial: Harrisburg, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Jacob Boas and Sarah Boas
Husband of Elizabeth A Boas and Emeline Boas
Brother of William Dick Boas; John Philip Dick Boas; Augustus F Boas and Daniel Dick Boas

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About Hon. Jacob Dick Boas

When he was a young man he learned the trade of being a hatter. He went to western Pennsylvania and Ohio on his journeyman tours. In 1849, he came to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The following year, 1850, he established a jewelry business there. It was called Boas & Newhard.

Jacob Dick Boas was born on October 5, 1806. His father was the bill printer for the state House and Senate, and publisher of the Harrisburg Reporter. After his father's death, Jacob moved to his uncle Jacob Levin’s in Kutztown. At fifteen he trained as a hatter, working as a journeyman until 1831, and establishing his own business at Allentown, PA. He was elected to borough council; was treasurer of Lehigh County in 1840; and a member of the state Senate, 1847-1849. In 1850, he moved to Harrisburg where he pursued the jewelry business (eventually succeeded by his son) and later was elected sheriff of Dauphin County in 1860. In 1868, he was appointed United States “guager” in the Internal Revenue Department, resigning when he was elected Mayor of Harrisburg in 1873, serving one term. Mr. Boas married Elizabeth Seller in 1831; and second, Emeline Yeakel Krause in 1873. He died in Harrisburg on March 25, 1887. source: Colonial and Revolutionary Familes of Pa, New York: Lewis Historical Publishing Co., Inc, 1948 --- The Patriot-March 26, 1887

Jacob D. Boas-Sheriff, Mayor and a Highly Respected Citizen Dead

After an illness of about two months, Jacob D. Boas passed into eternity last evening at 8 o'clock at the residence of his daughter, Mrs. Charles A. Boas, on North Second street, in his 81st year. From a severe cold, contracted on inauguration day, his condiditon grew more serious from day to day, finally settling into paralysis of the brain and heart.

Mr. Boas was born in this city in 1806, and when a boy removed to Allentown where he engaged in the hat business and afterwards becoming an active politician in Lehigh county. In the year 1850 he returned to Harrisburg and continued his warfare in the political arena here. He was first elected sheriff of the county and after serving one term he was elected mayor of the city, in which capacity he also served one term, both of which offices he served with marked ability and great credit. He was very popular with the people and his death will cast a profound sorrow over the community. He was a member of the Reformed church and always lived a consistent and faithful life. Since the death of his wife, which occured about fourteen years ago, he has made his home with his son on North Second street. The funeral will take place on Monday. --- The Patriot-March 28, 1887

BOAS-On March 25, 1887, Jacob D. Boas, in his 81st year.

Funeral servies at the resident of Mrs. Charles A. Boas, 401 North Second street, on Monday, March 18, at 2 p.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend.

Philadelphia and Allentown papers please copy. --- The Patriot-March 29, 1887

Funeral of the Late Jacob D. Boas

The funeral of the late Jacob D. Boas took place yesterday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the residence of his daughter-in-law, Mrs. C. A. Boas, on North Second street. A slightly turned face of the dead mayor and sheriff, as it lay in the handsome casket, looked quite natural and none the worse for that siege of sickness which caused his death. The remains were clothed in a suit of broadcloth, and resembled the form of one who lay down on a bed of tufted satine for a moment of repose. The services waere conducted by Rev. George B. steward of the Market Square Presbyterian Church and were very solemn. The pastor's eulogy of the dead man was appropriate and full of tender words, and many who were within sound of his voice gave way to tears. Mr. Boas had a host of warm friends in this city, and a very large number attended the funeral. The pall-bearers were Wein Forney, William Shaffer, John Shoemaker, D. C. Maurer, Jacob Buehler and J. S. Mersereau.

  • Reference: Find A Grave Memorial - SmartCopy: Jun 17 2020, 3:48:31 UTC
  • Name: Jacob D Boas
  • Event Type: Marriage
  • Marriage Date: 1 Mar 1827
  • Marriage Place: Harrisburg, Dauphin, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Denomination: Lutheran
  • Organization Name: Zion German Lutheran Church
  • Spouse: Elisabeth Ann Seiler

His Senate biography currently has his brother William and his wife Martha listed as his parents, which is incorrect. His parents are Jacob and Sarah (Dick) Boas.

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Hon. Jacob Dick Boas's Timeline

October 5, 1806
Harrisburg, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, United States
March 25, 1887
Age 80
Harrisburg, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, United States
Harrisburg, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, United States