Hon Henry S Ackerman, ex-member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, a leading music dealer of Greensburg and a popular citizen of this County, was born in Unity Twp, Westmoreland Co, PA, April 9, 1845, and is a son of Henry and Catherine (Smith) Ackerman. His paternal grandfather, Philip Ackerman, came from Germany to Westmoreland Co, where he married Christina Reed and settled in Unity Twp, on the farm now owned by his grandson, Philip Ackerman. His father, Henry Ackerman, was born on his fathers farm, February 2, 1801. His occupation was farming, in which he met with good success. He was a life-long democrat, cast his first presidential ballot for General Jackson, never desired office, but served once as a school director. He was a constant member of and frequently served as a local officer of the Lutheran Church at Youngstown. He owned a good farm, enjoyed the respect of his neighbors, and lived to the advanced age of eighty-four years. His death occurred April 5, 1885. In 1828 he married Catherine, a daughter of Joseph Smith, of Derry Twp. They were blessed with nine children, all of whom are living in Westmoreland Co, except one daughter, who resides in KS.
Henry S Ackerman attended the common schools of Unity Twp. He left the farm and agricultural pursuits and learned the trade of carpenter, which he followed for nine years. In 1879 he opened a music store opposite the Zimmerman House, at Greensburg, this county, and has built up a large trade in Westmoreland, Fayette, and Indiana counties. He has four men constantly in the field canvassing for his excellent pianos, fine organs, and other first class musical instruments. Mr Ackerman also handles the White sewing machine.
He was married on Jan 15, 1880 to Mollie C Weaver, who is a daughter of William Weaver, of Mt Pleasant Twp, this county. They have no children.
Henry S Ackerman has always been an active democrat, and is recognized as an energetic and efficient worker for his party and its success. In 1880 he was nominated by the democrats of Westmoreland Co as a candidate for the Legislature and he was elected. His course of action while serving in the Legislature was straighforward and highly honorable. He neither neglected the interests of his constituents, nor was unmindful of the needs of the State. He introduced some measures of a political character which was promptly voted down by the republican majority. Mr Ackerman is a member of the Lutheran church. He is genial, accomodating and popular. His remarkable energy is a large and prominent factor of his signal success in business.