Benjamin K Focht
Benjamin Kurtz Focht was born in New Bloomfield, Perry County on March 12, 1863, the son of the Rev. David Henlein and Susan Brown Focht; he attended public schools, Bucknell University (Lewisburg), Pennsylvania State College (Penn State) at State College, and Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove, Pa.; he established the Lewisburg Saturday News in 1881, serving as editor and publisher until his death. Benjamin was a delegate to the Republican State convention in 1889; served as an officer of the National Guard of Pennsylvania; member of the state House of Representatives, 1893-1897; served in the state Senate, 1901-1905; water supply commissioner of Pennsylvania, 1912-1914; elected to Congress, 1907-1913; re-elected to Congress, 1915-1923; chaired the Committee on War Claims and Committee on the District of Columbia; resumed business activities in Lewisburg, Pa.; served as deputy secretary of the Commonwealth, 1928-1929; again elected to Congress March 4, 1933, until his death in Washington, D.C., March 27, 1937; interred in Lewisburg Cemetery, Lewisburg, Pa. He married Florence Edith Wolf.
Baumgartner, Donald J. “Benjamin K. Focht: Union County Politician.” D.Ed. dissertation, Pennsylvania State University, 1975.