Member Biography

William Williamson Jr.


MacElree, 1918

Sessions Office Position District Party
1846       4 Whig
1847     Speaker 4 Whig
1848       4 Whig

COUNTIES: Chester, Delaware  


1794 - 07/25/1866

William Williamson, Jr. (Whig4) Chester and Delaware County 1846-1848

Early Life:

William Williamson, Jr., born February 20, 1794, son of William Williamson, Sr., and Hanna Phebe Passmore Williamson; admitted, Chester bar, 1820; married, Esther Good, 1822, children, Edward Hand Williamson, Caroline M. Williamson, Elizabeth Good Williamson, Clara Williamson O'Brien; attorney; gubernatorial appointment, Chester County Prothonotary, 1824; appointed, Director, West Chester Railroad, 1831; chief burgess, West Chester, 1834-1835; Director, Bank of Chester County, 1837; chief burgess, West Chester, 1840; elected, Whig, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1846-1848; died, July 25, 1866, Chester County home, Chester County, Pennsylvania; interment, Oaklands Cemetery, West Goshen Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania. 

Pennsylvania Politics:

Gubernatorial appointment, Governor John Andrew Shulze, Chester County Prothonotary, 1824

Chief burgess, West Chester, 1834-1835. 

Chief burgess, West Chester, 1840.

Elected, Whig, Pennsylvania State Senate, 4th district, Chester and Delaware County, 1846-1848; Speaker, 1847. 


Honorary county marshal during French military-political celebrity Lafayette’s visit to Chad’s Ford, 1824. Marie-Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de La Fayette, known in the United States as Lafayette, was a French aristocrat, freemason and military officer who fought in the American Revolutionary War, commanding American troops in several battles, including the siege of Yorktown. 


Cox, Harold. "Senate Members W"Wilkes University Election Statistics Project. Wilkes University.

 William Williamson (1794-1866) - Find a Grave Memorial