History of Erie County, Pennsylvania, 1884

Philip Becker Biography

Philip A. Becker, grocer and wholesale liquor dealer, Mayor of Erie, was born in Germany, April 10, 1835, son of Jacob and Mary (Bierle) Becker. The former was a high school teacher in Germany. They reared a family of 7 children (of whom Philip A. was the only son), and came to America in 1852. Our subject came in 1851. He received a collegiate education, and upon leaving college engaged as clerk until the fall of 1852, when he embarked in the grocery and wholesale liquor trade.

In 1858, he was married to Eugenie L., daughter of Jacob Young, and a native of Germany. This union has been blessed with 2 children - Emil A. and Otto, both clerks in their father's store. The family are members of the Lutheran Church. In politics, Mr. Becker is a Democrat. He has been a member of Erie City Council for 9 years, and in 1883 was elected Mayor by a majority of 1,645 votes. He is a Freemason and member of the I.O.O.F. For several years he held the position of Secretary of the German Banking institution.

Source: History of Erie County, Pennsylvania; City of Erie; Chicago; Warner, Beers & Co.; 1884

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