Daniel Franklin Lafean (February 7, 1861 – April 18, 1922) was a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania.

Daniel F. Lafean
Daniel Lafean (Pennsylvania Congressman).jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's at-large district
In office
March 4, 1915 – March 3, 1917
Preceded byAnderson H. Walters
Succeeded byJoseph McLaughlin
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 20th district
In office
March 4, 1903 – March 3, 1913
Preceded byAlvin Evans
Succeeded byAndrew R. Brodbeck
Personal details
Born(1861-02-07)February 7, 1861
York, Pennsylvania
DiedApril 18, 1922(1922-04-18) (aged 61)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Political partyRepublican


Lafean was born in York, Pennsylvania to German immigrants from Posen.[1][2] He was engaged in candy manufacturing and in banking in York. He served as a director of the Gettysburg College and trustee of the Gettysburg Seminary in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. He was the first president of the American Caramel Company and was later a co-founder and president of the Keystone Color Works. He was a Freemason and served as Worshipful Master of his lodge, Zeredatha Lodge No. 451, York, in 1895.

Lafean was elected as a Republican to the Fifty-eighth and to the four succeeding Congresses. He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1912. He was elected to the Sixty-fourth Congress, but was not a candidate for renomination in 1916. He was appointed commissioner of banking of the State of Pennsylvania in 1917. He again engaged in manufacturing pursuits and died in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Interment in Prospect Hill Cemetery in York, Pennsylvania.


  • United States Congress. "Daniel F. Lafean (id: L000014)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  • The Political Graveyard
  • Lafean and York Fair of 100-Years-Ago – York Daily Record (Sep. 16, 2016)
  • Zeredatha-White Rose Lodge No. 451, F.&A.M.


  1. ^ "United States Census, 1870", FamilySearch, retrieved March 27, 2018
  2. ^ "United States Census, 1880", FamilySearch, retrieved March 27, 2018

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Alvin Evans
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 20th congressional district

Succeeded by
Andrew R. Brodbeck
Preceded by
Anderson H. Walters
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's at-large congressional district

Succeeded by
Joseph McLaughlin