MG 760 - Landis, Reverend A. Martin Collection

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Scope and Content

The collection contains the papers of Reverend A. Martin Landis, son of a Civil War veteran, and those of his father, Aaron M. Landis. They include:

A photocopy of the "History of the 187th Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry," published in 1905

Personal information with correspondence and personal writings of Rev. Landis

Newspaper clipping concerning the grandson of Aaron Landis riding in the Gettysburg Centennial Parade

An audiotape of an interview with Rev. Landis done in 1997

A photograph of a Civil War veteran David S. Hoerner

A photocopy of Aaron M. Landis' obituary, 1929; discharge papers, 1865; a typewritten resume of the life of Rev. A. Martin Landis, 1988.


Aaron M. Landis was a Civil War veteran. He was sixteen when he enlisted in the 187th Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers and served in many battles, but his most cherished duty was to stand guard at the body of President Lincoln as it lay in state. After the war he returned to Harrisburg, married and held a number of positions in the police force of the city and later promoted to Chief of Police. He served as alderman of the sixth ward for thirty-five years. He died in October, 1929 at the age of 81.

Rev. A. Martin Landis was born in 1907, son of Aaron M. Landis and his second wife. He was forced to quit school at sixteen because of his father's health and go to work. After spending more than forty years in retail work, he began studying for the ministry. He was ordained at the age of sixty-four and served as pastor in several local churches.

Date(s): 1865-1997

Extent: 6 folders, 9 enclosures