SKETCH OF DAVID E. BENEDICT.
The subject of this sketch was born in Newark, N. J., on March 15, 1839. He began his fire career as a torchboy with the old hand engine company, No. 2, in 1855. He then became a runner and substitute with Union hook and ladder company No. 1 until 1860, when he was appointed by council a member of Neptune hose No. 1. In that company he held every position until January 1, 1871, when he was elected first assistant engineer by the city council and served in that position until January 1, 1875, when a change of politics in the city caused him to be placed as pipeman in steam engine company No. 2. He was elected chief engineer on January 3, 1876, and held that position until January 10, 1884, when he was removed by a change of politics of the city. He held some important positions, such as member of the hoard of representatives and board of trustees of the widows and orphans’ relief fund, for years. Former Chief Benedict was a fearless fireman, and, in consequence, he carries today many scars received while on duty. He was highly respected by the members of the fire department, who had implicit confidence in his good judgment as a firefighter. The members of the department showed their appreciation of the chief by presenting him with a gold watch and chain, diamond badge, oil painting and a diamond stud. Chief Benedict was twice elected to the house of assembly of the State of New Jersey, in the years 1895 and 1896, by a large plurality over his opponent. While a member of the assembly, he introduced a bill to increase the pay of the firemen of the city of Newark, N. J., which was carried. Former Chief Benedict is the sixth oldest active member of the International Association of hire Engineers, having joined in 1876. lie is also first vice-president of the Keystone Chiefs’ association, and a member of Newark lodge No. 21, B. and P. Order of bilks, lie has been the New Jersey representative of the Fabric Eire 1 lose company for the past twentyyears.