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Pennsylvania State Senate

John B Warfel



Session Position District Party
1869 1 Republican
1871 1 Republican
1873 1 Republican
1875 1 Republican
 Counties   Lancaster


1830 - 1908

WARFEL, John B., second son of John and Maria (Eshelman) Warfel, was born in Paradise township, Lancaster county, September 19th, 1830. In early life he worked at the blacksmith trade. When twenty years of age he entered the Lewisburg University, and remained there two years. After this he taught public school, until the spring of 1854, when he commenced farming, and in connection therewith the practice of surveying and conveyancing. In 1855 he was elected a justice of the peace for Paradise township, and was re-elected in 1860. He also served for several years as district superintendent of public schools. In 1863 he gave up farming and resigned his several positions, to take an appointment in the pension office, at Washington, D. C. In 1865 he entered Columbia college, as a law student, and graduated in the class of 1867. The same year he was admitted to practice in the supreme court of that city, and in the several courts of Lancaster county. In April, 1867, Mr. Warfel received the appointment of Assessor of Internal Revenue for the 9th Pennsylvania district, (Lancaster county), which position he continued to fill until removed, May 1st, 1869. The same year he was elected State Senator, receiving the largest popular vote of any candidate voted for at that election.
Died April, 18, 1908. Married Mary G. In 1877 Willis Geist created The Daily New Era Newspaper, with John B. Warfel.  Their New Era Printing House was located on Penn Square, 3 South Queen Street.