John Adams Wentz
Born November 1, 1858, John Adam Wentz of Whitemarsh was the son of George Hocker and Sarah Ann Wentz; educated in public and tuition schools; apprenticed as a plumber; joined the firm of Mulligan & Allen of Philadelphia, as bookkeeper in the plumbing supply business. Three years later Mr. Wentz became a salesman for A. S. Hills & Co. for eight years and left Hills to work as a representative of the largest plumbing supply house in Philadelphia, Fleck Brothers. John was elected auditor of Springfield township, Montgomery County on three occasions; was a member of the Democratic County Committee; jury commissioner in 1892, and likewise appointed Democratic County chair. In 1894 he was elected a member of the school board in Ambler; served two years as chair of the legislative committee of the State School Directors' Association of Pennsylvania; and was elected to the state Senate, Nov. 1898. He took a very active interest in the passage of the seven months minimum school term bill, and otherwise supported pro-public education legislation. He died May 29, 1919. The Senator was unmarried.