Biography of John F. Hechtman
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JOHN FRANKLIN HECHTMAN, senator from Gila County in the First Arizona State Legislature, has had a varied career, having had experience in law, government service, newspaper work, and mining, the latter being now his chief occupation. Mr. Hechtman was born in Erie County, Pa., in August, 1854, but in 1857 his parents removed to St. Anthony's Falls, Minn., and in 1862 to Washington, D. C., where his father, Captain of Co. "K", 83rd Penn. Vol., was in the hospital suffering from wounds received in battle. Here Mr. Hechtman served as messenger in the Treasury Department for more than a year, as page in the House and Senate for five years, and afterward was employed in the Coast Survey. He also attended public and private schools and studied law in Washington. In May, 1875, he returned to Minnesota, and remained there until the following March and then proceeded to the Black Hills of South Dakota, but in June of the same year located in Parrott City, Colorado, and engaged in mining and prospecting. He spent the years 1878 and 1879 prospecting in Arizona, but returned to Colorado. He had previously been admitted to the practice of law in the Supreme Court of that State, and in November, 1880, while performing the duties of five county offices was elected judge of his county. Senator Hechtman located permanently in Arizona in December, 1899, when he settled in Globe. Shortly afterward he was admitted to practice in the state, but he has never been actively engaged in legal work, his attention having been devoted in the main to mining, though for a time he was editor of the "Silver Belt". While he has been active in the interests of the Democratic party during his years of residence here, he has steadfastly declined to become a candidate for office until the fall of 1911 when he was nominated for senator, and elected by a sweeping majority. During the first session of the legislature the senator was one of the notably quiet but thorough and successful workers of the senate, and in his "Personnel of the Senate", his colleague, Senator C. B. Wood, has said of Senator Hechtman's personality and work: "He was one of the best liked men in the senate, always pleasant, accommodating, always pouring oil on the troubled waters, and always for peace and good fellowship. As Chairman of the Judiciary Committee and Chairman of the Committee on Counties and County Affairs, and as a member of five other important committees, he did much splendid work." Senator Hechtman is, in fact, a man whose courtesy, consideration and refinement of manner are inherent qualities, and immediately recognized as such, while his ability, practical knowledge, and thoroughness have made him one of the most valuable members of the legislature. In the special session he has served as Chairman of the Joint Code Revision Committee of the two houses and was an untiring worker in this momentous cause. He was also a member of five other committees, among uhich are the Judiciary and Style, Revision and Compilation.

From:
Who's Who in Arizona
Vol 1
Compiled and Published by Jo Conners
Press of The Arizona Daily Star
Tucson, Arizona 1913


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