Member Biography

Benjamin Franklin Hughes 

Sessions Office Position District Party
1883-1884       8 Republican
1885-1886       8 Republican

COUNTIES: Philadelphia  


04/06/1844 - 10/23/1913

Benjamin Franklin Hughes (R8) Philadelphia (Part) County 1883-1886

Early Life:

Benjamin Franklin Hughes, born April 6, 1844, Waterville, Centre Township, Columbia County, Pennsylvania; son of Elwood and Mary Hill Hughes educated, Missionary Institute, Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania; Pennsylvania College, Gettysburg; teacher, public schools, seminaries; associate editor, Lycoming Gazette; editor, Wyoming Valley Journal, Pittston, Pennsylvania, 1870-1872; moved, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1872; engaged, insurance business; studied law, admitted, Philadelphia bar, 1878; engaged, practice of his profession, insurance law; married, Catherine Ann Bastian Hughes; elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1883-1886; assistant, postmaster, Philadelphia, 1889-1893; editor, Insurance Register; died, October 23, 1913 (aged 69), throat cancer, Oncologic Hospital, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania; interment, Montoursville Cemetery, Montoursville, Lycoming County, Pennsylvania. 

Early Career:

Associate editor, Lycoming Gazette; editor, Wyoming Valley Journal, Pittston, Pennsylvania; Insurance Register.

Pennsylvania Politics:

Elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 8th district, Philadelphia (Part) County, 1883-1886; committee assignments, Judiciary Local (Chairman), Judiciary Special, Library, New Counties and County Seats. Member, Extraordinary Session, June 6 - December 6, 1883.   


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

Smull’s Legislative Handbook, (1885) Smull, W.P., (Editor) Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, pages 843, 849-851, Biographical Sketches of Senators, page 810.

Harrisburg Telegraph (Harrisburg, Pennsylvania) Friday, October 24, 1913, page 7.

The Times Leader (Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania) Saturday, October 25, 1913, page 28.

The Selinsgrove Times-Tribune (Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania) Wednesday, October 29, 1913, page 1.

Benjamin Franklin Hughes (1844-1913) - Find a Grave Memorial