Member Biography

Benjamin Newton Freeland 

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Sessions Office Position District Party
1903-1904       40 Democrat
1905-1906       40 Democrat

COUNTIES: Fayette, Greene  


Biography

03/18/1858 - 12/02/1940


Benjamin Newton Freeland (D40) Fayette and Greene Counties 1903-1906

Early Life:

Benjamin Newton Freeland, born March 18 , 1858, Mount Morris, Greene County, Pennsylvania; William and Nancy Clevenger Freeland; public schools, Mount Morris, education; Eastman's Business College, Poughkeepsie, New York, 1876; teacher, public schools, Greene County, twenty one years; appointed, United States storekeeper, Twenty - third district of Pennsylvania, 1893-1896; elected clerk of courts of Greene County, 1896-1902; admitted, Waynesburg bar, 1901, engaged law practice of law; elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1903-1906; utility company official; trustee, Waynesburg College; died, December 2, 1940 (aged 82), home; interment, Green Mount Cemetery, Waynesburg, Greene County, Pennsylvania.

Early Career:

Director, People's National Bank of Waynesburg, Waynesburg Home Gas Company, Sheridan Oil and Gas Company; stockholder, director, South Penn Telephone Company; member, East Waynesburg Board of Education.

Pennsylvania Politics:

Appointed, United States storekeeper, Twenty - third district of Pennsylvania, 1893-1896. 

Elected, clerk of courts of Greene County, 1896-1902.

Elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 40th district, Fayette and Greene Counties, 1903-1906;  committees assignments, regular and extraordinary sessions, Agriculture, Federal Relations, Forestry, Judiciary General, Law and Order, Library, Pensions and Gratuities, 1906.

Cited:

Cox, Harold. "Senate Members F"Wilkes University Election Statistics Project Wilkes University.

Smull’s Legislative Handbook, (1906) Cochran, T.B., (Editor) Miller, H.P. (Assistant Editor) Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, pages 824, 829-834, Biographical Sketches of Senators, page 802.

The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) · Monday, December 02, 1940, page7.

Benjamin Newton Freeland (1858-1940) - Find a Grave Memorial