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1. Mercersburg, Pennsylvania – Mercersburg is a borough in Franklin County, Pennsylvania, United States. It is 72 miles southwest of Harrisburg, the state capital, originally called Black Town, it was incorporated in 1831. In 1900,956 people lived here, and in 1910,1,410 people lived here, the population was 1,561 at the 2010 census. The borough was named after Hugh Mercer, a general in the American Revolutionary War, the Mercersburg Historic District, Lane House, and Mercersburg Academy are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Mercersburg is located in southwestern Franklin County at 39°49′46″N 77°54′7″W, according to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 0.89 square miles, all of it land. Mercersburg is located at the foot of Cove Mountain on the west side of the Great Appalachian Valley. The borough is 7.5 miles north of the Mason–Dixon line, whitetail Ski Resort is located 7 miles south of the town. Pennsylvania state highways 16,75, and 416 all pass through Mercersburg, PA16 leads east 10 miles to Greencastle and 11 miles to Interstate 81, and northwest through Cove Gap and over Tuscarora Mountain 10 miles to McConnellsburg. PA75 leads north 6 miles to Fort Loudon and south 7.5 miles to the Maryland border, PA416 leads northeast 7 miles to U. S. Route 30 near St. Thomas and southeast 10 miles to the Maryland border. Hagerstown, Maryland, is 17 miles to the southeast via PA416 and Maryland Route 58, while Chambersburg, as of the census of 2000, there were 1,540 people,686 households, and 439 families residing in the borough. The population density was 1,581.0 people per square mile, there were 770 housing units at an average density of 790.5 per square mile. The racial makeup of the borough was 92. 08% White,6. 49% African American,0. 58% Asian,0. 52% from other races, hispanic or Latino of any race were 1. 36% of the population. 32. 4% of all households were made up of individuals, the average household size was 2.24 and the average family size was 2.80. In the borough the population was out, with 23. 6% under the age of 18,6. 5% from 18 to 24,29. 7% from 25 to 44,22. 7% from 45 to 64. The median age was 39 years, for every 100 females there were 88.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.8 males, the median income for a household in the borough was $32,619, and the median income for a family was $46,042. Males had an income of $30,602 versus $23,000 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $18,934, about 7. 2% of families and 8. 6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7. 5% of those under age 18 and 10. 2% of those age 65 or over
2. James Stewart – James Maitland Stewart, also known as Jimmy Stewart, was an American actor and military officer who is among the most honored and popular stars in film history. A major Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer contract player, Stewart was known for his distinctive drawl and down-to-earth persona, many of the films he starred in have become enduring classics. Stewart was nominated for five Academy Awards, winning one in competition for The Philadelphia Story, in 1999, Stewart was named the third greatest male screen legend of the Golden Age of Hollywood by the American Film Institute, behind Humphrey Bogart and Cary Grant. The American Film Institute has also named five of Stewarts films to its list of the 100 best American films ever made. Stewart was born on May 20,1908, in Indiana, Pennsylvania, the son of Elizabeth Ruth Jackson and Alexander Maitland Stewart, Stewart was mainly of Scottish ancestry and was raised as a Presbyterian. He was descended from veterans of the American Revolution, the War of 1812, the eldest of three children, he was expected to continue his fathers business, which had been in the family for three generations. His mother was an excellent pianist but his father discouraged Stewarts request for lessons, when his father accepted a gift of an accordion from a guest, young Stewart quickly learned to play the instrument, which became a fixture offstage during his acting career. As the family grew, music continued to be an important part of family life, Stewart attended Mercersburg Academy prep school, graduating in 1928. He was active in a variety of activities and he played on the football and track teams, was art editor of the KARUX yearbook, and a member of the choir club, glee club, and John Marshall Literary Society. Over the following two summers, he took a job as an assistant with a professional magician and he made his first appearance onstage at Mercersburg, as Buquet in the play The Wolves. A shy child, Stewart spent much of his time in the basement working on model airplanes, mechanical drawing. However, he abandoned visions of being a pilot when his father insisted that instead of the United States Naval Academy he attend Princeton University, Stewart enrolled at Princeton in 1928 as a member of the class of 1932. His acting and accordion talents at Princeton led him to be invited to the University Players, the company had been organized in 1928 and would run until 1932, with Joshua Logan, Bretaigne Windust and Charles Leatherbee as directors. Stewart performed in bit parts in the Players productions in Cape Cod during the summer of 1932, the troupe had previously included Henry Fonda and Margaret Sullavan. Stewart and Fonda became close friends over the summer of 1932 when they shared an apartment with Joshua Logan, the New Yorker commented, Mr. James Stewarts chauffeur. Comes on for three minutes and walks off to a round of spontaneous applause, the play was a moderate success, but times were hard. Many Broadway theaters had been converted to houses and the Depression was reaching bottom. From 1932 through 1934, Stewart later recalled, Id only worked three months, every play I got into folded
3. Dick Thornburgh – Previous to being appointed U. S. Attorney and Governor, he worked in the office of the Pennsylvania U. S. attorney general for the Criminal Division and the Western District. Thornburgh was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on July 16,1932, the son of Alice and Charles Garland Thornburgh, Thornburgh attended Mercersburg Academy then Yale College from which he obtained an engineering degree in 1954. Subsequently, he received a law degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in 1957 and he subsequently has been awarded honorary degrees from 32 other colleges and universities. He joined the law firm K&L Gates in 1959. Thornburgh married Ginny Hooton, and they had three sons together, Ginny Hooton was killed in an automobile accident in 1960 which left Peter, the youngest of their three sons, with physical and intellectual disability. In 1963 Thornburgh was remarried to Ginny Judson, with whom they had son, Bill. Ginny Thornburgh was a schoolteacher from New York, who holds degrees from Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts. She received the Hubert H. Humphrey Civil Rights Award from the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights in April 2005, the Thornburghs have four sons, six grandchildren, and three great granddaughters and one great grandson. As parents of a son with disability, they have taken a special interest in the needs of persons with disabilities and, with their son Peter, were named Family of the Year. Both Ginny and Dick Thornburgh were featured speakers at the Vatican Conference on Disabilities held in Rome in November,1992, betts Award, the proceeds from which were used to establish the Thornburgh Family Lecture Series on Disability Law and Policy at the University of Pittsburgh. As Attorney General of the United States, Thornburgh played a role in the enactment of the Americans with Disabilities Act. In 1969 President of the United States Richard Nixon appointed Thornburgh as the U. S. Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania, in 1975, President Gerald Ford tapped him to serve as the Assistant Attorney General for the Justice Departments Criminal Division. After two years at that post, Thornburgh returned to law practice in Pittsburgh and initiated a campaign for governor, in 1978, Thornburgh launched a campaign for governor of Pennsylvania. Despite a Democratic majority in the commonwealth, he and running mate Bill Scranton defeated Pittsburgh mayor Pete Flaherty and his running mate, Thornburgh and Scranton were reelected in 1982. However, Scranton failed to win the governorship on his own in 1986 and he oversaw emergency response efforts to the partial meltdown at the nuclear power plant and also had a major role in coordinating funding for cleanup efforts. He was widely recognized for economic development and the establishment of the Ben Franklin Partnership, however, he was also known for scandals which involved charging the commonwealth for his wifes travel expenses as well as State Police escorts for his children. Thornburgh was also responsible for consolidating all of Pennsylvanias state-owned colleges and universities into the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education and he also created the Governors Schools, which were summer programs for talented and gifted high school students. Thornburgh was the first Republican to serve two terms as governor of the commonwealth
4. Mercersburg Academy – The school, which was founded in 1893, is set on 300 acres and is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. According to the mission statement, “Mercersburg Academy prepares young men and women from diverse backgrounds for college. Students at Mercersburg pursue a rigorous and dynamic curriculum while learning to live harmoniously in a supportive residential environment. ”On March 31,1836. Dr. Frederick Augustus Rauch came from Switzerland to be the first president of the college under the sponsorship of the Reformed Church in the United States, Dr. Rauch served as president from 1836 until 1841. His successor in the position was John Williamson Nevin who served until 1853, at this time, the preparatory department of Marshall College became known as Marshall Academy which later changed to Marshall Collegiate Institute. In 1865, the name was changed to Mercersburg College. The historic tie to the church continues through Mercersburgs membership in the Council for Higher Education of the United Church of Christ, in July, Dr. Irvine changed the name of the institution to Mercersburg Academy and began his work as the founder of the present-day preparatory school. In the fall of 1893, he opened the school with an enrollment of 40 boys, during Dr. Irvines tenure, three dormitories, a dining hall, gymnasium, infirmary, administration building and the Chapel were built. A new Main Hall and Annex were built after a fire gutted Old Main in 1927, after Dr. Irvines death on June 11,1928, Dr. Boyd Edwards was elected headmaster, where he remained until he retired in 1941. After his retirement, Dr. Charles S. Tippetts 12 resigned from a deanship at the University of Pittsburgh to become headmaster, during this time, Irvine Hall was completed and the James Buchanan Cabin was moved onto the campus. Fowle, who came from the Hotchkiss School in Connecticut, fowles tenure saw Tippetts Hall completed, Boone Hall constructed and Ford Hall constructed. In 1969, Mercersburg again became a coeducational school, in 1972, Walter H. Burgin Jr.53 was appointed the schools fifth headmaster. Burgin had been a member and the chairman of Mercersburgs mathematics department from 1959 to 1964 and was teaching at Phillips Exeter Academy at the time of his appointment. Burgin oversaw a comprehensive reshaping of the Academys academic facilities, the building of Lenfest Hall, and the integration of technology into community and classroom life. Douglas Hale was appointed head of school in 1997, coming from Baylor School in Chattanooga, Tennessee, where he had been a teacher, assistant headmaster, the school now offers 170 courses and has 106 faculty members. Hale was succeeded in 2016 by Katherine Titus, who is the first female head of school in the Academys history, Titus spent the past 11 years at St. Georges School in Rhode Island, most recently as associate head for school life. She had previously worked as dean of students and assistant head for student life at St. Georges, Titus is a graduate of Middlebury College and Columbia University. Now set on 300 acres, Mercersburg serves grades 9–12 and postgraduate, the school opened the 2016–2017 year with a total enrollment of 441 students,235 boys and 206 girls
5. Eugene B. Fluckey – Fluckey was born in Washington, D. C. on October 5,1913. He graduated from Western High School in Washington at age 15 and he was too young to go to college, so his father sent him to the Mercersburg Academy in Mercersburg, Pennsylvania. He also was a member of the Boy Scouts, achieving the rank of Eagle Scout and he prepared for the Naval Academy at Columbian Preparatory School, Washington. He entered the United States Naval Academy on June 13,1931, fluckeys initial assignments with the Navy were aboard the battleship USS Nevada, and in May 1936 he was transferred to the destroyer USS McCormick. He completed five war patrols on the Bonita and after he was detached from the submarine in June 1942, in December 1943, he attended the Prospective Commanding Officers School at the Submarine Base New London until January 1944, then reported to Commander Submarine Force, Pacific Fleet. After one war patrol as the commanding officer of the submarine USS Barb. In one of the incidents in the war, Fluckey sent a landing party ashore to set demolition charges on a coastal railway line. This was the landing by U. S. military forces on the Japanese home islands during World War II. Fluckey ordered that this landing party be composed of crewmen from every division on his submarine and he chose an eight-man team with no married men to blow up the train, Captain Max Duncan said, who served as Torpedo Officer on the Barb during this time. He also wanted former Boy Scouts because he thought they could find their way back and they were paddling back to the ship when the train blew up. The selected crewmen were Paul Saunders, William Hatfield, Francis Sever, Lawrence Newland, Edward Klinglesmith, James Richard, John Markuson, Hatfield wired the explosive charge, using a microswitch under the rails to trigger the explosion. Fluckey was awarded four Navy Crosses for extraordinary heroism during the eighth, ninth, tenth, during his famous eleventh patrol, he continued to revolutionize submarine warfare, inventing the night convoy attack from astern by joining the flank escort line. He attacked two convoys at anchor 26 miles inside the 20 fathom curve on the China coast, totaling more than 30 ships, with two frigates pursuing, Barb set a then-world speed record for a submarine of 23.5 knots using 150% overload. For his conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity, Fluckey received the Medal of Honor, Barb received the Presidential Unit Citation for the eighth through eleventh patrols and the Navy Unit Commendation for the twelfth patrol. In August 1945, Fluckey was ordered to Groton, Connecticut in September, to fit out the USS Dogfish and to be that submarines Commanding Officer, from there he went to the War Plans Division. In November 1945, he was selected by Fleet Admiral Chester W, in May 1948, he was ordered to the staff of the commander of the Submarine Force U. S. Atlantic Fleet to set up the Submarine Naval Reserve Force, until July 1950, in August 1950, he became the flag secretary to Admiral James Fife, Jr. From August 1950 until July 1953, he served as the U. S. Naval Attache and he was the commander of Submarine Division Fifty-Two of Submarine Squadron Five from August 1953 to June 1954
6. Benicio del Toro – Benicio Monserrate Rafael del Toro Sánchez is a Puerto Rican actor. He won an Academy Award, BAFTA Award, Golden Globe Award and he has also portrayed the Collector in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Del Toro was born on February 19,1967, in San Germán, Puerto Rico, to Gustavo Adolfo Del Toro Bermúdez and Fausta Genoveva Sánchez Rivera, many of del Toros relatives are involved in Puerto Ricos legal system. He has a brother, Gustavo, who is the Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer at the Wyckoff Heights Medical Center in the Bushwick section of Brooklyn. He had a Catalan paternal great-grandfather and a Basque maternal great-grandmother and he spent most of his infancy in Santurce, a barrio within San Juan. Del Toro, whose childhood nicknames were Skinny Benny and Beno, was raised a Roman Catholic and attended Academia del Perpetuo Socorro, when del Toro was nine years old, his mother died of hepatitis. At age 12, he moved with his father and brother to Mercersburg, Pennsylvania and he spent his adolescence and attended high school there. After graduation, del Toro followed the advice of his father and pursued a degree at the University of California. Del Toro began to surface in small roles during the late 1980s, playing mostly thugs and drug dealers on programs such as Miami Vice. He appeared in Madonnas 1987 music video La Isla Bonita as a background character sitting on a car, Del Toro continued to appear in movies including The Indian Runner, China Moon, Christopher Columbus, The Discovery, Money for Nothing, Fearless and Swimming with Sharks. His career gained momentum in 1995 with his performance in The Usual Suspects. The role won him an Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male, Del Toro also shared the screen with Robert De Niro in the big budget thriller The Fan, in which he played Juan Primo, a charismatic Puerto Rican baseball star. He subsequently starred opposite Alicia Silverstone in Excess Baggage, which Silverstone produced. For Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, the 1998 film adaptation of Hunter S. Thompsons famous book, he gained more than 40 lbs. to play Dr. Gonzo, Thompsons lawyer and drug-fiend cohort. The surrealistic film, directed by Terry Gilliam, has earned a following over the years. Returning from a hiatus after Fear and Loathing, del Toro gained a mainstream audience in 2000 with a string of performances in four high-profile films. First up was The Way of the Gun, a yarn that reunited him with The Usual Suspects screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie. A few months later, he stood out among an ensemble cast in Steven Soderberghs Traffic
7. Josh Edgin – Joshua Wayne Edgin is an American professional baseball pitcher for the New York Mets of Major League Baseball. He made his MLB debut in 2012, before he began his professional career, he played college baseball at Ohio State University and Francis Marion University. Edgin attended high school at Mercersburg Academy in Mercersburg, Pennsylvania, there, he won the state championship in wrestling as a junior, finishing fourth in national competition. However, a labrum in his non-pitching shoulder forced him to give up wrestling. At first a starting pitcher, OSU coaches began to use Edgin as a pitcher in his sophomore season. The Atlanta Braves drafted him in the 50th round of the 2009 MLB Draft,1, however, the Braves did not sign him, as they had no minor league team to assign Edgin. Wanting an opportunity to start, Edgin transferred to Francis Marion University, the Mets selected Edgin in the 30th round of the 2010 MLB Draft, 902nd overall, and he signed. Edgin split the 2010 season between the Kingsport Mets of the Rookie-level Appalachian League and the Savannah Sand Gnats of the Class-A South Atlantic League and he split the 2011 season between Savannah and the St. Lucie Mets of the Class-A Advanced Florida State League. The Mets invited him to spring training in 2012 after Tim Byrdak required surgery and they assigned him to the Binghamton Mets of the Class-AA Eastern League, where he served as the teams closer. After six appearances with Binghamton, the Mets promoted Edgin to the Buffalo Bisons of the Class-AAA International League, Edgin was called up to join the Mets on July 13. He made his debut that day against the Atlanta Braves. Edgin came in the fifth inning getting his first two strikeouts, Edgin allowed two runs and two hits in the six inning and getting only one strikeout, one of the two outs he recorded in the inning. On September 20, it was announced that Edgin would be shutdown after one more relief appearance due to his workload over the season. Edgin finished the season with a 1-2 record,4.56 ERA in 34 games in 25.2 innings pitched with 30 strikeouts with a WHIP of 1.130 while giving up 19 hits,14 runs,5 home runs, and 10 walks. Edgin made the Mets roster for Opening Day in 2013, on April 27, Edgin was demoted to the Binghamton Mets to make room for Shaun Marcum on the roster. The reason he was demoted to Binghamton was because pitchers with the Las Vegas 51s were struggling, on May 14, he was promoted to the 51s. He returned to the Mets on June 9 with Collin Cowgill and Josh Satin as they replaced Ike Davis, Robert Carson, on August 2,2013, he was put on the disabled list for an expected four-to-six weeks after a stress fracture in a rib. His spot was replaced by Pedro Feliciano, on September 24, Jordany Valdespin was reinstated following his 50-game suspension for appearing in the Biogenesis clinic on August 5
8. Joel Thompson Boone – Joel Thompson Boone was a United States Navy officer who received the Medal of Honor for his actions during World War I. In addition to the Medal of Honor, Boone received the Armys Distinguished Service Cross and was awarded the Silver Star six times and these awards made Boone the most highly decorated medical officer in the history of the United States armed services. Boone was born in St. Clair, Pennsylvania, on August 29,1889 and he was a cousin several times removed to Daniel Boone. He attended Mercersburg Academy and graduated in June 1913 from Hahnemann Medical College in Philadelphia, the following year he was commissioned a lieutenant in the United States Naval Reserve. When the United States declared war on Germany in April 1917 and he later served as a surgeon with the 6th Marine Regiment, which was part of the Armys 2nd Division while it was part of the American Expeditionary Force in France. On July 19,1918 he displayed extraordinary heroism while treating casualties under fire, for this action he was later awarded the Medal of Honor. He was promoted to lieutenant commander in September 1918, Boone remained in the Navy after the First World War and also served during the Second World War and the Korean War. He was one of the few individuals to have served in all three conflicts, after returning from France he was assigned to serve as the Director of the Bureau of Naval Affairs at the headquarters of the American Red Cross in Washington, D. C. In June 1922 he was assigned to the Presidential yacht USS Mayflower and served in capacity during the administrations of Warren Harding. When President Herbert Hoover took office in March 1929, Boone was assigned as the physician to the White House and he invented a game called Hooverball to help President Hoover keep in shape. He continued in the position when Franklin Roosevelt took office in 1933 and he was promoted to commander in September 1931 and to captain in July 1939. In late 1940, Captain Boone became the medical officer at Naval Air Station San Diego and later transferred to the Naval Hospital in Seattle. In April 1945, Boone was promoted to commodore and ordered as Fleet Medical Officer to the commander of the Third Fleet, for his service in the Pacific Theater, Boone was awarded the Bronze Star Medal, the Navy Commendation Ribbon and two battle stars. He was promoted to the rank of admiral on January 8,1946 and was reassigned as District Medical Officer. In March 1950, he became the Inspector General of the Navy Medical Department and he went to Korea in 1950 - shortly before his retirement for physical disability in December 1950. Upon his retirement from the Navy, Boone was promoted to the rank of admiral on the retired list in recognition of his distinguished career. Vice Admiral Boone died April 2,1974 in Washington, D. C. and was buried at Arlington National Cemetery and his grave can be found in section 11. When his wife Helen died on November 2,1977 she was buried with him, rank and organization, Lieutenant, U. S. Navy
9. Ralph Talbot – Ralph Talbot was the first United States Marine Corps aviator to receive the Medal of Honor — for exceptionally meritorious service and extraordinary heroism while attached to Squadron C, U. S. 1st Marine Aviation Force|1st Marine Aviation Force, in France during World War I, Talbot was born January 6,1897 at South Weymouth, Massachusetts and attended Weymouth High School. He was gifted both athletically and academically and entered Mercersburg Academy, Pennsylvania in the autumn of 1915, a year later he entered Yale University. Whilst serving in the colleges Artillery Training Corps, Talbot became interested in aviation and enrolled at the Dupont Flying School in Wilmington, Talbot enlisted in the United States Navy in October 1917 with the rank of Seaman 2nd Class. After ground training at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and flying tuition in Florida, at the time, the Marine Corps were having problems recruiting aviators. Along with a number of other pilots, Talbot therefore realised that he was more likely to achieve his ambition of being posted overseas if he joined the Marines. Having resigned from the navy, he was appointed a lieutenant in the Marine Corps Reserve on May 18,1918. He arrived in Miami a week later to join the First Marine Aviation Force with Squadron C, on July 18,1918, Talbot was part of the initial party which sailed from New York City for active service as part of the USs involvement in World War I. Six days later, while on a strike against an ammunition depot at Pittem, he. In the fight which followed, his plane shot down one of the scouts before his observer, Gunnery Sergeant Robert G. Robinson, was shot. Talbot maneuvered the DeHavilland to gain time while Robinson cleared the gun, Robinson kept on firing until he collapsed from two more wounds. Talbot continued alone, shot down another plane, then dived to escape the remaining Fokker D. VII fighters. Second Lieutenant Talbot died on October 25,1918, when his DH-4 crashed on takeoff, during an engine test flight, in 1936, the destroyer USS Ralph Talbot was named in his honor. Also Ralph Talbot School and Street in Weymouth, Massachusetts were named after him Rank and organization, Second Lieutenant, born, January 6,1897, South Weymouth, Mass. Citation, For exceptionally meritorious service and extraordinary heroism while attached to Squadron C, 1st Marine Aviation Force, 2d Lt. Talbot participated in numerous air raids into enemy territory. On 8 October 1918, while on such a raid, he was attacked by 9 enemy scouts, and in the fight that followed shot down an enemy plane. Also, on 14 October 1918, while on a raid over Pittham, Belgium, 2d Lt. Talbot, during the severe fight that followed, his plane shot down 1 of the enemy scouts. His observer was shot through the elbow and his gun jammed, 2d Lt. Talbot maneuvered to gain time for his observer to clear the jam with one hand, and then returned to the fight
10. Stewart H. Appleby – Stewart Hoffman Appleby was an American Republican Party politician who represented New Jerseys 3rd congressional district from 1925–1927, filling the vacancy of his father T. Frank Appleby, who had elected to office but died before taking the seat. Born in Asbury Park, New Jersey, Appleby attended the schools of Asbury Park. He graduated from Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey, in 1913 and afterward engaged in the real estate, Appleby organized and served as vice president of the First National Bank of Avon-by-the-Sea, New Jersey. During the First World War, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps on May 17,1917 and he was commissioned a captain in the United States Marine Corps Reserve on November 24,1925. Appleby was elected as a Republican to the Sixty-ninth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of his father, frank Appleby, and served from November 3,1925, to March 3,1927, but was not a candidate for renomination in 1926. During World War II, Appeleby served in the United States Coast Guard and he retired to Hallandale, Florida, and died in Miami, Florida, January 12,1964. He was interred in Arlington National Cemetery, Fort Myer, Virginia, biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Stewart Hoffman Appleby at The Political Graveyard Stewart H. Appleby at Find a Grave
11. John Cessna – John Cessna was a Republican member of the U. S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania. John Cessna was born in Bedford County, Pennsylvania and he attended the common schools and Hall’s Military Academy in Bedford. He was graduated from Marshall College in Mercersburg, Pennsylvania, in 1842 and he taught school, studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1845 and commenced practice in Bedford. He served as member of the Pennsylvania State House of Representatives in 1850,1851,1862, and 1863 and he was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention at Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1856 and at Charleston, South Carolina, and Baltimore, Maryland, in 1860. He became affiliated with the Republican Party in 1863, and served as chairman of the Republican State convention in 1865 and he was elected chairman of the Republican State central committee in 1865. He was a delegate to the Republican National Conventions in 1868,1876, Cessna was elected as a Republican to the Forty-first Congress. He was a candidate for reelection in 1870. He was elected to the Forty-third Congress and he was not a candidate for renomination in 1874. He was again a member of the State House of Representatives in 1892 and he resumed the practice of law in Bedford where he died in 1893. Speaker of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives United States Congress, biographical Directory of the United States Congress