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John Calvin Flenniken

Photo credit: Tintype Etching, George Bergner, Legislative Journal, 1855; also: The Tenmile Country and Its Pioneer Families, pages 538-539


Session Position District Party
1855 23 Whig
 Counties   Greene, Washington


1820 - 1897

Born July 7, 1820, Cumberland Twp., Greene County, John C. Flenniken was the son of James Mifflin and Mary Ann “Polly” (McClelland) Flenniken, and grandson of Judge John, Sr. and Margaret (Rankin) “Flennigen” (his second wife was Hanna McClelland).  His grandfather, “Judge” John, and granduncle James Flennigen surveyed the area around the mouth of Muddy Creek with John Armstrong of Chambersburg, probably as early as the summer of 1766.  He read law; was admitted to the Greene Co. bar in 1841; was secretary of the board of education; served as the third president of Waynesburg College, 1858; and cashier of the county’s First National Bank, until it failed in 1875.  After this, he moved to Clay Centre, Kansas, where he died in 1897.