George M. Wertz (July 19, 1856 – November 19, 1928) was a Republican politician, teacher and publisher from Pennsylvania.

George Wertz
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 20th district
In office
March 4, 1923 – March 3, 1925
Preceded byEdward Brooks
Succeeded byAnderson Walters
President pro tempore
of the Pennsylvania Senate
In office
May 25, 1911[1] – January 7, 1913
Preceded byWilliam Crow
Succeeded byDaniel Gerberich
Member of the Pennsylvania Senate
from the 35th district
In office
January 5, 1909 – January 7, 1913
Preceded byJacob Stineman
Succeeded byJacob Stineman
Personal details
Born(1856-07-19)July 19, 1856
Johnstown, Pennsylvania
DiedNovember 19, 1928(1928-11-19) (aged 72)
Johnstown, Pennsylvania
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Louisa Glitch

George Munson Wertz was born near Johnstown, Pennsylvania. He attended the public schools, Ebensburg Academy, and the National Normal School in Lebanon, Ohio. He taught school from 1876 to 1884, and was a school director from 1886 to 1894. Wertz was a county commissioner from 1893 to 1896, and served as sheriff of Cambria County, Pennsylvania from 1897 to 1901. Elected a Republican member of the Board of School Directors in 1890, George additionally served as chairman of the Republican county committee. In 1893, the Senator became a three-year Cambria County commissioner, and in November 1897, Cambria County Sheriff. Through the influence of his iron manufacturer father in law, Wertz assumed a post as manager of the Cambria Steel Company, where his accomplishments included securing options for control of the Manufacturer's Water Company, Somerset County. He was a member of the Pennsylvania State Senate from 1909 to 1913, and served as the body's President pro tempore from 1911 1913. Wertz later organized and ran the Johnstown Daily Leader from 1911 to 1917, creating Cambria County's first afternoon newspaper. He was an ardent farmer and fruit grower.[2]

Wertz was elected to the Sixty-eighth Congress, but was defeated in the 1924 Republican primary. He sold real estate until his death in Johnstown. Interment in Grandview Cemetery, Johnstown. He belonged to the Evangelical Lutheran Church; the Summit Lodge Masons; the Johnstown School of Instruction – Masons; and was knighted by the Oriental Commandery, No. 61, Knights Templar.

His father, German-Dunkard Jacob Wertz, was the great grandson of a 1735 Palatine immigrant and rose to community prominence as a farmer, an ardent Republican, and abolitionist.

His daughter Ada Olive Hager (née Wertz) attended Vassar, graduating in 1908. She was one of the original graveyard suffragettes. [3]


  1. ^ Sharon Trostle, ed. (2009). The Pennsylvania Manual (PDF). 119. Harrisburg, Pennsylvania: Pennsylvania Department of General Services. ISBN 978-0-8182-0334-3.
  2. ^ "George Munson Wertz".
  3. ^ "The Suffrage Movement at Vassar - Vassar College Encyclopedia - Vassar College". Retrieved 2017-01-24.
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Edward Brooks
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 20th congressional district

Succeeded by
Anderson Walters
Political offices
Preceded by
William Crow
President pro tempore of the Pennsylvania Senate
Succeeded by
Daniel Gerberich
Pennsylvania State Senate
Preceded by
Jacob Stineman
Member of the Pennsylvania Senate for the 35th District
Succeeded by
Jacob Stineman