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SAMUEL J. KISTLER, lawyer and man of affairs, was born at Saegersville, Heidelberg Township, Lehigh County, Pa., July 26, 1865, the son of the late Hon. Samuel J. and Matilda (Miller) Kistler. He received his primary education in the district schools, after which he entered Muhlenberg College, from which institution he was graduated in 1886. He then entered the offices of the late Hon. C. J. Erdman as a student at law, and was admitted to practice at the Lehigh County bar, July, 1, 1889. Soon after he was also admitted to the Superior and Supreme Courts, maintaining offices both at Saegersville and Allentown and enjoying a large orphans' court practice. When his father died in 1890, he succeeded him as justice of the peace of Heidelberg Township, and served six years, when he declined re-election on account of increasing professional duties and other private business affairs. Shortly afterward he removed to Allentown and has resided here ever since. He has been a leading spirit in promoting important local projects, and has contributed much to the progress and prosperity of the community. He has business connections with New York and Philadelphia, and has an acquaintance from coast to coast. He is a director of and attorney for a number of corporations, including the Farmers Union Mutual Fire Insurance Company of Pennsylvania, and a member of the executive committee of the Lehigh County Agricultural Society. He belongs to all the Masonic bodies, and is a member of the Elks; Odd Fellows ; P. O.H. S. of A., and the Livingston Club.
Men of Allentown by Fred L. Shankweiler, 1917.