EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSFormer WV Secretary Of State, U.S. Rep. Ken Hechler Celebrates 99th Birthday
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Reported by: Heath Harrison
Web Producer: Heath Harrison
Reported: Sep. 20, 2013 6:20 PM EDT
Updated: Sep. 22, 2013 4:47 PM EDT
Slanesville, Hampshire County , West Virginia
Former U.S. Rep. Ken Hechler celebrated his 99th birthday on Friday.
A longtime figure in West Virginia politics, Hechler was born in Roslyn, N.Y. on Sept. 20, 1914. He first came to West Virginia in the 1950s to teach at Marshall University.
He was elected to the state’s 4th Congressional district as a Democrat in 1958 and held the position until 1976. He served as West Virginia’s Secretary of State from 1985-2001.
Prior to his arrival in West Virginia, he served as an aide to Presidents Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Harry Truman.
He is currently the oldest living person to have served in the United States Congress and resides in Hampshire County, where he stays busy working as an author.
“I’m a compulsive writer,” Hechler said in an interview with Eyewitness News on Friday. “I turn out at least two books a year.”
Hechler said his latest work, “How To Be A Great Teacher,” draws from his experiences on the faculty of Marshall, the University of Charleston, Columbia University and Princeton, and shows how to use humor in the classroom.
For more on Hechler’s life and career, check out our next “Remember When” piece, coming on Sunday.
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