HEISTER, Gen.
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HEISTER, GEN. GABRIEL, JR., son of Gabriel Hiester and Elizabeth Bausman, was born in Bern township, Berks county, Pa., January 5, 1779. He received a good English and German education, and his early years were spent on his father's farm. His father being an active politician, the son was early imbued with the same spirit. In 1809 he was appointed by Governor Snyder clerk of the courts of Berks county, and in 1811 prothonotary, holding these offices until 1817. During the war of 1812-14 he was brigade major and served under General Adams, of Berks county, during the campaign at Washington and Baltimore. Under appointment by Governor Findlay, he held the office of associate judge from 1819 to 1823. Governor Shulze appointed Judge Hiester surveyor general, when he removed to Harrisburg. He held that position from May 11, 1824, to May 11, 1830. He was a presidential elector in 1817, and again in 1821, casting his vote for James Monroe. About 1833 he erected the first rolling-mill in this neighborhood, at Fairview, on the Conedoguinet. He died there suddenly, September 14, 1831, in his fifty-sixth year, and is buried in the Harrisburg cemetery. General Hiester married, May 12, 1803, Mary, daughter of Dr. John Otto, of Reading, who died at Estherton, January 9, 1853. They had children: Louisa Harriet, married C. B. Bioren; Augustus 0., Gabriel, and Catharine.