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Franklin Menges (October 26, 1858 – May 12, 1956) was a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania.

Franklin Menges
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 22nd district
In office
March 4, 1925 – March 3, 1931
Preceded bySamuel F. Glatfelter
Succeeded byHarry L. Haines
Personal details
Born(1858-10-26)October 26, 1858
Menges Mills, Pennsylvania
DiedMay 12, 1956(1956-05-12) (aged 97)
Arlington, Virginia
Political partyRepublican
Alma materGettysburg College

Franklin Menges was born at Menges Mills, York County, Pennsylvania. He attended Baugher Academy Preparatory School in Hanover, Pennsylvania, and graduated from Gettysburg College in 1886.

He became an instructor in chemistry and physics at Gettysburg College from 1886 to 1896, and then head of the science department of York High School from 1897 to 1903. He was a lecturer at farmers' institutes in Pennsylvania and other states from 1898 to 1918, and represented the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture at the Louisiana Purchase Exposition at the World's Fair in 1904. He made a soil survey of the State of Pennsylvania, and was the author of numerous articles on scientific agriculture. In 1914, his book, Soils of Pennsylvania was published.[1]

Menges was elected as a Republican to the Sixty-ninth, Seventieth, and Seventy-first Congresses. He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1930.

He was engaged in agricultural pursuits on his farm near York, Pennsylvania, until his retirement in 1947. He moved to Arlington, Virginia, where he died; interred at Evergreen Cemetery, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.


  • United States Congress. "Franklin Menges (id: M000640)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Samuel F. Glatfelter
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 22nd congressional district

Succeeded by
Harry L. Haines