William High Keim

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William High Keim
William High Keim
Surveyor General of Pennsylvania
In office
May 1, 1860 – December 20, 1861
Preceded by John Roe
Succeeded by Henry Souther
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 8th district
In office
November 30, 1858 – March 3, 1859
Preceded by J. Glancy Jones
Succeeded by John Schwartz
2nd Mayor of Reading, Pennsylvania
In office
Preceded by Peter Filbert
Succeeded by George Getz
Personal details
Born (1813-06-13)June 13, 1813
Reading, Pennsylvania
Died May 18, 1862(1862-05-18) (aged 48)
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Political party Whig
Military service
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Army
Pennsylvania Militia
Union Army
Years of service 1861–1862
Rank Union Army major general rank insignia.svg Major General
Battles/wars American Civil War

William High Keim (June 13, 1813 – May 18, 1862) was a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania, as well as a general in the Union Army during the American Civil War.

Early life and career[edit]

William High Keim (a nephew of George May Keim) was born near Reading, Pennsylvania. He attended Mount Airy Military School and attained the rank of major general in the state militia.

Keim served as Mayor of Reading in 1848. Keim was elected as a Republican to the Thirty-fifth Congress to fill a short term vacancy caused by the resignation of J. Glancy Jones after Jones's defeat in the election of 1858. He was surveyor general of Pennsylvania from 1860 to 1862.

Civil War[edit]

During the Civil War, Keim enlisted in the Union Army for a term of 3 months and, due primarily to his political ties to Governor Andrew Curtin, he was commissioned as a major general of Pennsylvania Volunteers on April 20, 1861. His original term of enlistment having expired, he was honorably mustered out on July 21, 1861, and returned to Reading.

As the war lengthened and it became evident that a quick victory was not in sight, Keim decided to re-enlist, this time for a term of 3 years. Governor Curtin commissioned him as a brigadier general of volunteers on December 20, 1861. However, Keim died of typhus while in the military service at Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, in 1862. Interment was in the Charles Evans Cemetery in Reading.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
J. Glancy Jones
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 8th congressional district

Succeeded by
John Schwartz