Northrup Dies, Once a Member Of Legislature

Former Printer Invalid on Farm For the Last Twelve Years

Frederick Northrup, former printer and at one time member of the Assembly from the Second District of Dutchess County, died this morning at his home near Phillipsburg, where he had lived on a farm on the Walkill since 1915. For twelve years he had been almost a helpless invalid.

During Mr. Northrup’s career in the Assembly to which he was elected in 1906 on the Democratic ticket by a plurality of almost 1,000 he sponsored and saw enacted many measures in the interests of labor. Perhaps the most important was the law limiting hours of operators in radio signal towers to eight a day. Before the enactment of this measure telegraphers in signal towers worked twelve hours a day.

Only son of the late Charles and Jane Whorry Northrup, the former Assemblyman was born June twelfth, 1870 at Mount Salem, N.J. When he was eight his parents moved to Port Jervis where the youth learned the printing trade in the office of the Daily Union. For three years he had charge of the plant of the Evening Hour at Norwalk, Conn., and then moved to Poughkeepsie. There he worked on several papers and was president of both the Typographical Union and the Central Labor Body. After leaving the Assembly, he became private secretary to Lieutenant Governor Chandler.

Mr. Northrup leaves his widow, the former Lillian Shumaker; two sons, Harry J. and F. Leo, and a grandson Thomas J. Northrup.

Source: Middletown Times-Herald, March 16, 1939.


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