John Brackbill Warfel, (R17) 1870-71, (R9) 1872-74, (R13) Lancaster, 1875-76; 1870-76
John Brackbill Warfel, born September 19, 1830, Paradise Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania; son of John and Maria Eshelman Warfel; public schools education, Lancaster; Strasburg Academy; Lewisburg University (now Bucknell University); engaged, blacksmith trade; teacher, public school; married, Mary Ann Warfel, 1853, children Ila Beyer; Jessie F. Warfel; John Girvin Warfel and Robert Girvin Warfel; engaged, farming, 1854-1863; engaged, practice of surveying and conveyancing; elected, justice of the peace, Paradise Township, 1855, re-elected, 1860; elected, school director, Paradise township, 1856, re-elected, 1859, 1862; appointment, pension office, Washington, D. C., 1863; Columbia College, law, 1867; admitted, practice, courts of Lancaster County, Supreme Court, Washington D.C.; appointment, Assessor of Internal Revenue, 9th Pennsylvania district, Lancaster County, 1867-1869; elected, member, Lancaster City School Board, re-elected, school director, 1869-1902; president, board, 1877- 1880; elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1870-76; Pennsylvania Presidential Elector, 1876; engaged, publication, The New Era Daily and Weekly newspapers (now Lancaster New Era), 1877-1897; died April 18, 1908 (age 77 years, 212 days); interment Lancaster Cemetery, Lancaster, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.
Taught, public school, village of Paradise, 1849-50, public school, Strasburg borough, 1853-54. Commenced farming, village of Paradise, 1854-1863.
In connection with J. M. W. Geist, commenced, publication, The New Era Daily and Weekly newspapers (now Lancaster New Era); 1877- May 15, 1897, when he withdrew from the partnership, and retired from active business.
Professional titles; business ownership; board memberships; local government; club memberships:
President, Howard Benevolent Association, Lancaster; president, Lancaster County Society, Prevention of Cruelty to Animals for more than a quarter of a century; director, Farmers National Bank; director, Lancaster County National Bank; organizer, manager, Inquirer (now Wicker-sham) Printing Company; director, president, Union Building and Loan Association; director, West End Building and Loan Association.
Trustee, Lodge No. 43, Free and Accepted Masons, First Masonic District of Pennsylvania; trustee, Knights Templar of the United States of America, Lancaster Commandery No 13; trustee, Lancaster Cemetery Association; trustee, Home of Friendless Children, Lancaster; trustee, Stevens Orphans' Home, Lancaster; trustee, Henry G. Long Asylum, Lancaster, 1874-1897.
Elected, school director, Paradise Township, 1856 re-elected, 1859, 1862.
Elected, member, Lancaster city school board, re-elected, school director, 1869-1902; president, board, 1877-1878-1879-1880
Elected, Pennsylvania State Senate, 17th district 1870-71, 9th district 1872-74, 13th district, Lancaster, 1875-76; 1870-76; chairman, Education, Federal Relations, Pensions and Gratuities, Private Claims and Damages and Railroads Committees; member, Finance Committee.
Presidential Elector for Pennsylvania, Rutherford B. Hayes, 1876.
Appointment, President Abraham Lincoln, pension office, Washington, D. C., 1863,
Appointment, President, Andrew Johnson, Assessor of Internal Revenue, 9th Pennsylvania district, Lancaster County, 1867-1869.
Smull’s Legislative Hand Book, (1875) Miller, Members of the Senate of Pennsylvania, pages 601 and 606-608.