HUMMEL, VALENTINE, son of Frederick Hummel (2d) and Regina Ricker, was born February 7, 1787, at Hummelstown, Dauphin county, Pa. The education he received was quite limited, only such as was afforded by the country schools of the time. In 1806 he began as an apprentice to Philip Leebrick, of Hummelstown, to learn the trade of a saddler. In 1810 he went to Harrisburg, and forming a partnership with Michael Lebkicher, his old shop mate at Hummelstown, began the saddlery and harness making business. Messrs. Hummel & Lebkicher subsequently engaged in merchandising, the running of saw and grist mills, the lumber trade, and the purchase of land both in the city of Harrisburg and on the Cumberland side of the Susquehanna, until the death of Mr. Lebkicher, when the survivor retired from all active business. Mr. Hummel was elected a representative of Dauphin county to the legislative session of 1822-23, and again in that of 1840. Governor Shulze appointed him one of the associate judges of the county, November 12, 1827, a position he resigned March 20, 1837. Both in the Legislature and while upon the bench Judge Hummel served the public with the same fidelity and honesty of purpose as characterized him and made him remarkable in his private business. For one-third of a century he was a director of the public schools, and at the time of his death a trustee of the Harrisburg Academy. A great believer in humane treatment, he advocated, while a member of the school board, the total abolition of corporal punishment, but without success. For many years he had been interested in the old Harrisburg Bank, had served as a director, and at the close of his life was president of that institution. He died at Harrisburg on the 4th of September, 1870, in his eighty-fourth year. His wife, Elizabeth Walborn, died October 25, 1867, aged seventy years. Of Judge Hummel it may be said, he was a man of great temperateness of habit in all things, was economical and frugal, unostentatious, and enjoyed life in a calm, quiet, and rational manner.
Historical Review of Dauphin County
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Date of Transcription: 7 Feb 2001
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