Jacob Augustus Geissenhainer

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Jacob Augustus Geissenhainer
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Jersey's 3rd district
In office
March 4, 1889 – March 3, 1895
Preceded by John Kean
Succeeded by Benjamin Franklin Howell
Personal details
Born August 28, 1839
New York City
Died July 20, 1917(1917-07-20) (aged 77)
Mount Pocono, Pennsylvania
Political party Democratic
Profession Politician

Jacob Augustus Geissenhainer, (August 28, 1839 – July 20, 1917) was an American lawyer and Democratic Party politician who represented New Jersey's 3rd congressional district in the United States House of Representatives from 1889 to 1895.


Geissenhainer was born in New York City and attended private schools. He graduated from Columbia College at New York City in 1858, going on to study law at Yale College, and at New York University, where he was graduated. He also attended the University of Berlin. In 1862 he was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in New York.

He was elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-first, Fifty-second and Fifty-third Congresses where he served from March 4, 1889 until March 3, 1895. He also served as chairman of the Committee on Immigration and Naturalization (Fifty-third Congress), and on the Committee on Naval Affairs (Fifty-third Congress). Geissenhainer was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1894 to the Fifty-fourth Congress. After this, he resumed the practice of law.

He died at Mount Pocono, Pennsylvania, and was interred in West Laurel Hill Cemetery, Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
John Kean
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Jersey's 3rd congressional district

March 4, 1889-March 3, 1895
Succeeded by
Benjamin F. Howell