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Benjamin J. Haywood, deceased, was born on a farm now the center of the heart of South Sharon, April 12, 1849, and died at Sharon, Pennsylvania. February 23, 1899. He was a son of Benjamin and Catherine (Long) Haywood and became state treasurer of Pennsylvania. His first experience as a banker was gained during a period of five years spent in the old Morrison Bank, at West Middlesex, Pennsylvania, from 1873 to 1878. For a number of years he was postmaster of West Middlesex and during the years 1885-87 was messenger clerk of the Pennsylvania state senate. In 1887 he was elected prothonotary of Mercer county, an office he held for the term of three years.
When the First National Bank of Clearfield, Pennsylvania, failed, Mr. Haywood was appointed by the comptroller of the currency, receiver for that bank, and as such displayed business acumen and won a state reputation as a financier. In May, 1894, he was made cashier of the Pennsylvania state treasury, a position he held with credit and satisfaction. In 1893 he was a candidate for the Republican nomination for state treasurer, but withdrew before the convention, but in 1895 became the candidate of his party for this office and was elected, filling the office with much credit to himself and the commonwealth. He was elected by the unprecedented majority of 174 / 264 votes. Mr. Haywood was an ardent Republican and always felt a deep interest in the party and its success.
He was possessed of a charitable disposition and in church connection was a worthy member of the Presbyterian church. He was a Mason and Knight Templar.
He married in 1873 Miss Elizabeth E. Powell, who survives him and resides in Sharon. But few men have lived and labored in western Pennsylvania who were truer citizens and more capable business men than he of whom this is written. The passing away of Mr. Haywood removed from sphere of action a man who numbered his friends by the legion. He was a tireless worker, faithful to every trust, be it great or small; of kindly and pleasing manner, and very domestic in his habits, and in popularity stood second to none in the state of Pennsylvania.