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Benjamin F. Langford was Lodi area’s early statesman

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Posted: Saturday, April 20, 2013 12:00 am

He was known as “Honest Ben” and the “father of the Senate” in Sacramento in the late 1800s. But in Lodi, the kind-looking, bearded Benjamin F. Langford was known as the honorable gentleman who championed the tree fruit industry and helped establish a local bank and railroad.

Once a machine worker and miner, Langford carved a large ranch out of the brush land along the Mokelumne River and eventually rose to become Lodi’s early statesman and one of the area’s most influential men.

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