Franklin Menges Edit Profile
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. 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.
Member 69th to 71st Congresses, 22d Pa.