Mr. Kemmerer is of German antecedents, the family having been early settlers in Cherry Valley, Monroe Co., Pa.  Among the children of his grandfather, Conrad Kemmerer, who resided in the above county, was Charles, a native of Cherry Valley, and a millwright by occupation.  He married Mary Ann Price, daughter of John J. Price, and early lumberman of that vicinity, whose children were a son, Mahlon S., and a daughter, Annie (Mrs. W. W. Watson, of Scranton, Pa.).  Mrs. Kemmerer, after the decease of her husband, married Walter Leisenring, whose children were Gertrude H. (now Mrs. T. M. Righter), Ada L., Mary W., Albert C., and Walter.  Mahlon S. Kemmerer was born Aug. 27, 1843, in Cherry Valley, Pa., and in early youth be3came a resident of Carbon County.  His education was such as the common schools afforded, supplemented by a period at Dickinson Seminary, Williamsport.  His business career began at fourteen as clerk in a colliery-store at Summit Hill, Carbon Co.  In 1862, the heavy freshet of that year having suspended operations in the coal regions, he joined a corps of engineers employed by the Lehigh Coal and Navigation Company, and engaged in repairs connected with the property of the company.  This corps then undertook the survey of the Lehigh and Susquehanna Railroad.  Mr. Kemmerer remaining with them for four years in the capacity of assistant engineer.  The succeeding four years were spent as mining engineer and assistant superintendent of the Upper Lehigh Coal Company, after which he began an active business career as a member of the firm of Whitney, McCreary & Kemmerer, shippers of coal, the firm subsequently becoming Whitney & Kemmerer.  He has since that date been largely identified wit the coal and iron interests of Sandy Run, and later at Harleigh, Pond Creek, and other collieries.  He is director and considerable owner of stock of the Connellsville Coke and Iron Company, as also a director and stockholder in the Carbon Iron and Pipe Company, and an owner and director in the Carbon Rolling-Mill Company.  He is secretary and treasurer of the Virginia Coal and Iron Company, and director of the Alden Coal Company, of Wilkesbarre.  Mr. Kemmerer has recently been appointed by Governor Pattison one of the commissioners to revise the mining laws of the State.  He was married, Dec. 1, 1868, to Annie L., daughter of Hon. John Leisenring, of Mauch Chunk.  Their children are three in number, John L., Mahlon L., and Gertrude L.  In politics, Mr. Kemmerer is a Republican, but without either taste or leisure for the allurements of public life.  His religious education prompts him to accept the tenets of the Presbyterian faith.










The History of the Counties of Lehigh & Carbon, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania,


Alfred Mathews & Austin N. Hungerford

Published in Philadelphia, Pa., in 1884

Page 711


Transcribed from the original in March, 2003


Jack Sterling


Web page by

Jack Sterling

March 2003