Member Biography

Alfons H. Letzler 

Sessions Office Position District Party
1939-1940       34 Republican
1941-1942       34 Republican
1943-1944       34 Republican
1945-1946       34 Republican
1947-1948       34 Republican
1949-1950       34 Republican
1951-1952       34 Republican
1953-1954       34 Republican

COUNTIES: Centre, Clearfield  


07/01/1884 - 05/28/1972

Alfons H. Letzler (R34) Centre and Clearfield Counties 1939-1954

Early Life:

Alfons H. Letzler born July 1, 1884, Väröbacka, Halland County, Sweden; son of Abraham and Louisa Anderson Letzler; Upsala College, East Orange, New Jersey; Columbia University, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Accounts; Upsala College, honorary doctorate; married, Dagmar Gulbranson, 1917, children, Alton Letzler, Doris Vonstein; car dealer, Houtzdale, fifty years; teacher, Bethel Lutheran Church’s Men’s Bible Class; elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1938-1954; Senate Secretary, two terms; Senate Chief Clerk, 1957-1964; died, May 28, 1972 (age 87), Clearfield Hospital, Houtzdale, Clearfield County, Pennsylvania; interment, Independent Order of Odd Fellows Cemetery, Brisbin, Clearfield County, Pennsylvania.

Early Career:

Owned and operated, Letzler Chrysler-Plymouth Garage, Houtzdale, Pennsylvania, fifty years.

Professional titles; business ownership; board memberships; local government; club memberships:

President, Houtzdale Board of Education, president, Houtzdale Chamber of Commerce; president, Houtzdale Rotary Club; member; Executive Board, Boy Scouts of America’s Bucktail Council; member, Azure Lodge Free and Accepted Masons, Cranford, New Jersey; member, Williamsport Consistory, member Jaffa Shrine; member, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, Loyal Order of Moose, United Commercial Travelers, Rotary International; member, Area Chairman of bond drives and United Service Organization campaigns; Worthy Grand Patron, Grand Chapter of Pennsylvania’s Order of the Eastern Star, member, Houtzdale Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star; member, Swedish Historical Society, Philadelphia. Member, Bethel Lutheran Church, Houtzdale, Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania Politics:

Elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 34th district, Centre and Clearfield Counties, 1939-1954; chairman, Senate Law and Order Committee; vice-chairman, Senate Reapportionment Committee; committee assignments, Appropriations, Education, Executive Nominations, Finance, Highways, Judiciary General, Mines and Mining, Public Health and Welfare Committees.

Served, Senate Secretary, two terms.

Senate Chief Clerk, 1957-1964.


The Pennsylvania Manual (1954). Allen, A. (Editor). (Volume 91). The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, pages 300, 310 and 315.

The Progress (Clearfield, Pennsylvania) Tuesday May 30, 1972, Page 1.

Centre Daily Times (State College, Pennsylvania) Wednesday May 31, 1972, Page 31.