Hon. Benjamin Kurtz Focht

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Hon. Benjamin Kurtz Focht

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Birthplace: New Bloomfield, Perry County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death: March 26, 1937 (74)
Washington, District of Columbia, District Of Columbia, USA
Place of Burial: Lewisburg Cemetery, Lewisburg, Union County, Pennsylvania, USA
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Son of Rev David Henlein Focht and Susan Brown Focht

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About Hon. Benjamin Kurtz Focht

Benjamin Kurtz Focht (March 12, 1863 – March 27, 1937) was a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania.

Benjamin K. Focht was born in New Bloomfield, Pennsylvania. He attended Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania State College at State College, Pennsylvania, and Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania. He established the Lewisburg Saturday News in 1881, serving as editor and publisher until his death. He was a delegate to the Republican State Convention in 1889. He served as an officer of the Pennsylvania National Guard. He was a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives from 1893 to 1897, and a member of the Pennsylvania State Senate from 1901 to 1905. He was water supply commissioner of Pennsylvania from 1912 to 1914.

Focht was elected as a Republican to the Sixtieth, Sixty-first, and Sixty-second Congresses. He was unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1912. He was again elected to the Sixty-fourth and to the three succeeding Congresses. He served as Chairman of the United States House Committee on War Claims during the Sixty-sixth Congress, and the United States House Committee on the District of Columbia during the Sixty-seventh Congress. He was an unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1922, 1924, 1926, 1928, and 1930, and also in 1932 for the unexpired term of Edward M. Beers. After his time in Congress he resumed business activities in Lewisburg. He served as deputy secretary of the Commonwealth in 1928 and 1929. Focht was again elected to the Seventy-third, Seventy-fourth, and Seventy-fifth Congresses and served until his death in Washington, D.C..


US Congressman. In 1881 he established the Saturday News in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania and served as editor and publisher. He was delegate to the Republican State convention in 1889, a member of the State House of Representatives from 1893 to 1897, and served in the State Senate, 1901 to 1905. In 1907, he was elected as a Republican to the Sixtieth, Sixty-first and Sixty-second Congresses, serving until 1913. A unsuccessful candidate for reelection, he resumed his newspaper business and served as Deputy Secretary of the Commonwealth in 1928 and 1929. In 1933, he was reelected to the Seventy-third, Seventy-fourth and Seventy-fifth Congresses and served until his death.

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Hon. Benjamin Kurtz Focht's Timeline

1863
March 12, 1863
New Bloomfield, Perry County, Pennsylvania, USA
1937
March 26, 1937
Age 74
Washington, District of Columbia, District Of Columbia, USA
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Lewisburg Cemetery, Lewisburg, Union County, Pennsylvania, USA