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Henry Charles Messinger (D16) Lehigh County 1971-1972 (D16) Lehigh (Part) County 1973-1982
Henry Charles Messinger born May 30, 1915, Allentown, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania; son of Wilson F. and Jane E. Heist Messinger; Kutztown State College, 1936, science teacher, Malvern Borough, Spring City High Schools, both in Chester County; married, Ruth E. Schaeffer Messinger, 1939, children, Allan Messinger, Tish Messinger Steward; science teacher, Allen High School, 1943-1945; veteran, United States Marine Corps of World War II, 1945-1946; resumed teaching; Cornell University, master of science degree, 1952; president, Allentown Education Association, 1957-1960, head of the science department, science supervisor, Allentown School District, 1960; elected, vice president, Pennsylvania State Education Association (PSEA), 1962; elected president, Pennsylvania State Education Association (PSEA), 1964; elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1970-1982, elected, Senate caucus secretary, 1972; elected, Senate Majority Whip, 1973; elected, Senate majority leader, 1977-1978, not a candidate for reelection, 1981; died, May 13, 1991 (aged 75), Allentown, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania; interment, Saint Marks Cemetery, Allentown, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania.
Professional titles; business ownership; board memberships; local government; club memberships:
Member, council member, Sunday School teacher, Saint Mark's Lutheran Church, Allentown; president, Lehigh County Conference of Churches; secretary, Pennsylvania Council of Churches.
Elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 16thd district, Lehigh County, 1971-1972, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 16thd district, Lehigh (Part) County, 1973-1982; defeated, Republican Majority Whip John T. Van Sant, Allentown; elected, Senate caucus secretary, 1972; elected, Senate Majority Whip, 1973; elected, Senate majority leader, 1977-1978; not a candidate for reelection, 1981.
The Morning Call (Allentown, Pennsylvania), Wednesday, May 15, 1991, Page: B12