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Franklin Lewis DERSHEM

(1865-1950)

DERSHEM, Franklin Lewis, a Representative from Pennsylvania; born near New Columbia, Union County, Pa., March 5, 1865; attended the common schools; was graduated from Palm’s National Business College at Philadelphia in 1887; appointed postmaster at Kelly Point, Union County, Pa., on March 9, 1888, and served until January 13, 1891; engaged in agricultural pursuits, and was also interested in the hardware business 1891-1913; member of the board of trustees of Albright College, Myerstown, Pa.; member of the State house of representatives in 1907, 1908, and again in 1911 and 1912; elected as a Democrat to the Sixty-third Congress (March 4, 1913-March 3, 1915); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1914 to the Sixty-fourth Congress; appointed as an auditor in the Philadelphia division of the United States Bureau of Internal Revenue October 1, 1915, in which capacity he served until March 31, 1935; was engaged as an auditor and income-tax specialist in Lewisburg, Pa., where he died February 14, 1950; interment in Lewisburg Cemetery.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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