Member Biography

Emory Andrew Walling 

Sessions Office Position District Party
1885-1886       49 Republican
1887-1888       49 Republican



06/11/1854 - 12/29/1931

Judge Emory Andrew Walling (R49) Erie County 1885-1888

Early Life:

Judge Emory Andrew Walling, born June 11, 1854, log cabin, along German Road, Greenfield Township, Erie County, Pennsylvania; son of Thomas A. and Laura Ann Elliott Walling; Lake Shore Seminary, borough of North East, Erie County, Pennsylvania, 1875; attended, one year, Edinboro State Normal School (now Edinboro University) Edinboro, Erie County, Pennsylvania; Doctor of Laws, Allegheny College, Meadville, Pennsylvania, 1920; studied law, under, William Benson; admitted, practice of law, Erie County, 1878; attorney; elected, Erie County, District Attorney, 1881-1884; elected, Pennsylvania State Senator, 1885-1888; President Judge, Court of Common Pleas, Sixth Judicial District of Pennsylvania, 1897-1915; Judge, Supreme Court, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, 1916-1931; married, Grace Ellen Marshall Walling, children, William Benson Walling, Ralph Gordon Walling, Laura Cordelia Walling Sawdey, Marion Elizabeth Walling Crawford, Marietta Marshall Walling Mosher; died, December 29, 1931 (aged 77), Erie, Erie County, Pennsylvania; interment, Erie Cemetery, Erie, Erie County, Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania Politics:

Elected, Erie County, District Attorney, 1881-1884.

Elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senator, 49thd district, Erie County, 1885-1888; committee assignments, Judiciary (General), Judiciary (Special), Retrenchment and Reform (Chairman), Library (Chairman), Vice and Immorality.

President Judge, Court of Common Pleas, Sixth Judicial District of Pennsylvania, 1897-1915.

Judge, Supreme Court, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, 1916-1931.


Paid his way thru, Lake Shore Seminary by working as a janitor at the school.

First born child, William Benson Walling, named after William Benson, who helped him studied law. 


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

Smull’s Legislative Handbook, (1888). Cochran, T.B., (Editor) Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, pages 671, 676-678, Biographical Sketches of Senators, page 647.

Judge Emory Andrew Walling (1854-1931) - Find a Grave Memorial