12/29/1805 - 05/17/1879

PACKER, Asa, a Representative from Monroe and Northampton Counties; born, December 29, 1805 in Mystic, New London County, Ct.; carpenter and mechanic; engaged, boat and canal business; engaged, coal and ice shipping; elected as a Democrat to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for the 1842 and 1843 terms; appointed, associate judge, Carbon County (1843-1844); elected, delegate, Democratic National Convention (1844); builder and president, Lehigh Valley Railroad Company (1852-1879); elected, United States Congress (1853-1857); unsuccessful campaign, Pennsylvania Governor (1869); founder and trustee, Lehigh University; died, May 17, 1879 in Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania; interred, Mauch Chunk Cemetery, Mauch Chunk, Carbon County, Pennsylvania. 


Cole, Robert C. Asa Packer. n.p., 1983.

Coleman, Lyman. Guidebook of the Lehigh Valley Railroad and Its Several Branches and Connections. Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott & Co., 1873.

Lehigh University. An Outline of the Career of the Hon. Asa Packer, of Pennsylvania. Bethlehem, PA: Amos C. Clauder, printer, 1867.

Lehigh University. Exercises at the Celebration of the Founder’s Day.  Reading, PA: B. F. Owen Press, 1882.

Stuart, Milton Caleb. Asa Packer, 1805-1879, Captain of Industry, Educator, Citizen. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1938. 

Yates, W. Ross. Asa Packer, A Prospective. Bethlehem, PA: Lehigh University Press, 1983.

Archival Collections

various, Lehigh University Libraries and Special Collections, Bethlehem, Pa.

Congressional Biography

After 2 session(s) serving in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, Asa Packer went on to serve in congress

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