Professor Francis H. Bohlen: Father of Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation?
Is there a father of Pennsylvania workers’ compensation? If so, a leading candidate is surely University of Pennsylvania Professor Francis H. Bohlen (1868-1942). Bohlen was one of the great tort experts of his time, but in the second decade of the 20th century he was also one of the champions of a workers’ compensation law in Pennsylvania. Then, when the law was enacted, he became the first counsel to the Workmen’s Compensation Board. This note details further Bohlen’s involvement in the early days of the system.