Jacob Turney was born in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. He completed preparatory studies and attended Greensburg Academy. He apprenticed as a printer, then studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1849 and commenced practice in Greensburg. He served as district attorney for Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, from 1850 to 1855. He was a member of the Pennsylvania State Senate from 1858 to 1860 and was elected president in 1859. He was an unsuccessful candidate for State Senator in 1871.
- United States Congress. "Jacob Turney (id: T000431)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
- The Political Graveyard
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