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Everard Bierer

Everard Bierer, lawyer and Civil War colonel, was born in Uniontown, PA.  His parents, Everhardt (1795- 1876) and Catherine Margaretta (1798- 1858) Bierer, emigrated from Wurtemberg, Germany in 1804.  In Germany the Bierers were an influential family who held honorable positions in civil and military services to the state. Everard Bierer received his education from the private schools of Uniontown and graduated from Madison College in 1845.  He excelled in his studies and completed upper level courses in mathematics, natural science, psychology, and Latin and English literature at college.  After graduation Everard became a student in the law office of Joshua B. Howell and was admitted to the Pennsylvania Bar Association in 1848. 

Bierer left his successful law firm in Uniontown to enroll in the Union Army on April 23, 1861.  He raised a company of volunteers and became captain of Company F, 11th Pennsylvania Reserve Corps.  With these men, he was engaged in battles at Dranesville, Mechanicsville, and Gain’s Hill.  He was captured at Gain’s Hill (June 27, 1862) and taken to Libby Prison in Richmond, Virginia.  He remained there until exchanged on August 14, 1863.  He quickly returned to service upon hearing the news about the coming battle at Bull Run and fought at South Mountain, where he was injured by a bullet passing through his left elbow and lodging in his forearm. 

As a convalescent, Bierer was assigned the position of commandant at Camp Curtin in Harrisburg, and was promoted to the rank of colonel.  He organized the 177th and the 178th Regiments of the Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry.  On November 18, 1863, he was given the position of colonel of the 171st.  With this regiment he served in southeastern Virginia and North Carolina. On September 26, 1863, he mustered out of service as his regiment’s term of enlistment expired.  No longer on active duty, Everard briefly served in the Veteran Reserve Corps for three months at the beginning of 1864 but quickly resigned and retired from the army. 

In 1865, Bierer moved to Brown County, Kansas.  He bought a farm a mile east of the city of Hiawatha and resumed his law practice.  He was one of the county’s earliest and most prominent attorneys and, in 1868, was elected to the House of Representatives in the Kansas State legislature.  He was also the President of the First National Bank in Hiawatha for two years, the quality of his judgment on financial affairs being widely known throughout the city. 

Bierer had long been active in politics, holding prominent positions in political circles in both Pennsylvania and Kansas.  In 1850, he had won the position of the first district attorney of Fayette County, Pennsylvania, as a Democrat.  However, Bierer joined the Republican Party upon moving to Kansas. He switched his political affiliation in 1856 in disagreement with Democratic actions, that he thought favored slavery.

Bierer married Ellen Smouse (1832-1913), daughter of Samuel and Elizabeth (Troutman) Smouse, on April 8, 1852 in Brownsville, Pa.  They had eight children, six sons and two daughters: Everard, Samuel E., Andrew Gregg Curtin, Daniel, John W., Bion, Margaret Shadel, and Anna C. Bokaye. Everard Bierer died of cancer in Hiawatha in 1910.  His house at 311 North 5th Street has been preserved as a historic home.

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Bierer, Everard, 1827-1910

Researched, authored, and edited by Margaret Browndorf.

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