Freeman Hankins (D7) Philadelphia County, 1967-1988
Freeman Hankins, born September 30, 1918, Brunswick, Glynn County, Georgia; son of Oliver and Anna Pyles Hankins; married Dorothy Days Hankins, 1939, daughter Bernadette; education, Friendship Academy, Pittsburgh; attended, Selden Institute; H. E. Dolan College of Embalming, Philadelphia, 1945; attended, Temple University, 1947-1950; served, United States Army Medical Corps, World War II, 1945-1947; funeral director, 1953-1988; chair, 6th Ward Democratic Executive Committee; 2nd Vice Chair, Philadelphia Democratic Committee 1971-1976; elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania House of Representatives, 1961-1967, resigned, November 29, 1967; elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate Special Election, 1967-1988; appointed, board, Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) 1981-1988; not a candidate for reelection, 1988; died, December 31, 1988, heart, University of Pennsylvania Hospital, city of Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania; interred, Fernwood Cemetery, Yeadon, Delaware County, Pennsylvania. (i)
Funeral Director, Hankins Funeral Home, Haverford Avenue, Philadelphia, 1953-1988.
Professional titles; business ownership; board memberships; local government; club memberships:
Member, Metropolitan Baptist Church; member, American Legion, Masons; member, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), member, National, Pennsylvania and Keystone Funeral Directors Association.
Trustee, Lincoln University; Board Member, Minority Business Development Authority; president, Rafter Charities.
Chair, 6th Ward Democratic Executive Committee; 2nd vice chair, Philadelphia Democratic Committee 1971-1976.
Elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania House of Representatives, 1961-1967, resigned, November 29, 1967.
Elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate Special Election, 1967-1988; Chair, Senate Prison Inquiry Commission 1973-1976; Chair, Insurance Committee; Minority Chair Banking and Insurance Committee, 1980-1986; Minority Chair Military and Veterans Affairs Committee, 1987-1988; Caucus Administrator, 1987-1988; member Appropriations and Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure Committees; appointed, board, Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) 1981-1988; not a candidate for reelection, 1988.
Pennsylvania House of Representatives Biography:
Doukas, O. (Ed.). (1987-1988). The Pennsylvania manual, Volume 108. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Biographical Sketches of Senators, page 80 and page 101.
(i) Philadelphia Inquirer Monday January 2, 1989, Page 5