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1931-1933

Arthur Miller Northrop

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Arthur Miller Northrop was born on a farm in Glenburn, Lackawanna County, on November 9, 1876. He received his early education at Keystone Academy in Factoryville, and Wyoming Seminary in Kingston. He earned his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1902.
 
Northrop entered the wholesale and retail lumber business with his father-in-law John Bowden, and was interested in the lumber firm of Bowden and Northrop at Ashley. He had the unique experience of riding the log rafts from Lock Haven to Northumberland in the days when the forests of Pennsylvania were preeminent and rafts on the West Branch of the Susquehanna a usual sight. He was a practicing farmer and maintained a farm in Northumberland County, where he achieved success as a fruit grower.
 
He was appointed Secretary of the Department of Labor and Industry on January 20, 1931 by Governor Gifford Pinchot.
 
From PA Manual, 1931.