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He was a prominent member of the Evangelical church, and being a man of superior education for the time, was often called upon for exhortations. He was a licensed minister in the Evangelical Association from about 1839 until his death, in 1884, thus combining in his life the work of a physican and spiritual leader. His wife survived him nearly six years. Their family consisted of Benjamin A., Susan Catherine (Browning) and Martin Luther, all of whom are still living.
The eldest Dr. Benjamin Abbott Fichtner, father of our subject, was born near Somerset county, Pennsylvania, January 31, 1836. His grandfather, Martin Fichtner, and his father, Martin Fichtner, were also natives of this county. His mother's name was Rebecca Ferner, who was the daughter of John Ferner, and a sister of Randolph Ferner.
Dr. Benjamin A. Fichtner began the study of medicine in early life, was admitted to practice in 1857, and has followed the profession exclusively and very successfully for more than thirty-six years.
"What the child admired, the youth endeavored, and the man acquired."
While in the office of his father as assistant he married Louisa Jane Darby, a member of one of the most prominent and respected families of the State.
In 1860 he moved to Fayette county and built the second house in what is now the borough of Markleysburg. In 1864 he went to Summerfield, Cambria county, and soon afterward joined the Eighty-eighth regiment, Pennsylvania volunteers, serving until the close of the war. In 1876 he located permanently at Confluence, Cambria county.
Dr. Fichtner, Sr., has given his undivided attention to the study and practice of his profession, and being always ready to avail him-
self of new discoveries in medical science, is very successful, and has an extensive and lucrative practice.
He has a very fine and complete medical library, is a subscriber to all the standard medical and surgical journals, and his offices are fully and completely equipped. He is a close student, still an active, energetic, level-headed man, and notwithstanding advancing years, has apparently many years of usefulness before him. He is well up in the news of the day and in general literature. As a public speaker he is able, forcible and logical, and is a debater of ability. He united with the Evangelical association when a young man and is a leading member of that denomination. In the great controversey he is opposed to Esher, Esherism and Esherists.
He is connected with a number of different societies and organizations, is the president of a board of medical pension examiners, and is general business manager of the Confluence Cornet band. He is a public-spirited man, and is entirely fearless, personally. It was through him and by his skill and pluck more than anything else that the notorious McClellantown gang of robbers was hounded down, surrounded and captured a few years ago. He was the first man at the house, and it was to him, and on his demand, that the gang sullenly surrendered.
In politics he was reared a democrat, but was never in accord with the southern wing of that party, and always opposed the heresies of State rights and succession. At the election closing the memorable campaign of 1860 he voted for Stephen A. Douglas, but the first shot fired by the rebels at "Old Glory" made him at once what he is and has been ever since, a true republican.
He does not, however, wear a collar around