Benjamin Franklin MEYERS, Congress, PA (1833-1918)


MEYERS, Benjamin Franklin, a Representative from Pennsylvania; born near New Centerville, Somerset County, Pa., July 6, 1833; attended Somerset Academy and Jefferson College, Canonsburg (now Washington and Jefferson College, Washington), Pa.; studied law; was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in 1855; member of the State house of representatives in 1864; delegate to the Democratic National Conventions of 1864, 1880, 1884, 1888, 1892, 1896, and 1900; editor of the Bedford Gazette and in 1868 of the Harrisburg Daily Patriot; elected as a Democrat to the Forty-second Congress (March 4, 1871-March 3, 1873); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1872 to the Forty-third Congress; postmaster of Harrisburg, Pa., by appointment of President Cleveland, 1886-1891; publisher of the Daily Star Independent, Harrisburg, Pa.; engaged in public utilities; died in Harrisburg, Pa., August 11, 1918; interment in Harrisburg Cemetery.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present