Member Biography

Benjamin Bentley Mitchell 


Photo credit:

McAtee, William, comp. Souvenir: Portraits and Biographies of the Members of the Legislature of Pennsylvania and Heads of Departments, Session of 1895. Harrisburg, Pennsylvania: The Roshon Portrait Company, 1895.

Sessions Office Position District Party
1893-1894       23 Republican
1895-1896       23 Republican
1897-1898       23 Republican
1899-1900       23 Republican

COUNTIES: Bradford, Wyoming  


01/14/1839 - 05/24/1904

Captain Benjamin Bentley Mitchell (R23) Bradford, 1893-1900

Early Life: 

Captain Benjamin Bentley Mitchell,born, January 14, 1839, father’s farm, Tioga County, Pennsylvania; son of Richard and Harriett (Dartt-Miller) Mitchell, education, public school; attended, Lewisburg University (now Bucknell University); attended, Bryant & Stratton College, Buffalo, New York; captain, Company F, 108th Regiment, 11th Pennsylvania Volunteer Cavalry (1861-1864, Civil War); bookkeeper (1859-1860); druggist; engaged, mercantile, real estate and livestock businesses; secretary and treasurer, Keystone Land and Cattle Company; elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State House of Representatives, 1882; not a candidate for reelection, House (1884); appointed, justice of the peace, Troy, Pa.; elected, council, Troy; elected, board of education, Troy; elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate (1893-1900); partner, Pomeroy & Mitchell, banking company; married Ellen Eliza Pomeroy; Died, May 24, 1904, Troy, Bradford County, Pennsylvania; interment Glenwood Cemetery, Troy, Bradford County, Pennsylvania.

Early Career:

Mustered, September 27, 1861, Company F, 11th Pennsylvania Cavalry, 108th Regiment, elected 1st Lieutenant, three-year service. (Helped recruit and organized first cavalry company, Tioga County.) Promoted captain, March 13, 1862, action at: Williamsburg and Peninsula Campaign; defeated Confederate General Pryor at “Deserted House;” took part in the sabotage of the Virginia Central Railroad. Discharged September 24, 1864, expiration of term.    

Pennsylvania Politics:

Republican, Pennsylvania State House of Representatives, 1882; not a candidate for reelection, (1884).  

Appointed, justice of the peace, Troy, Pa.; elected, borough council, Troy; elected, secretary, board of education, Troy.

Elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 23rd district 1893-1894, 1895-1896, 1897-1898, 1899-1900, terms.

Pennsylvania House of Representatives Biography:


Smull’s Legislative Hand Book, (1900) Miller, Biographical Sketches of Senators, pg. 1162.