Member Biography

William Hood Hackenberg 

Sessions Office Position District Party
1893-1894       27 Republican
1895-1896       27 Republican


05/14/1859 - 11/30/1940

William Hood Hackenberg (R27) Northumberland, Snyder and Union Counties 1893-1896

Early Life:

William Hood Hackenberg, born May 14, 1859, White Pigeon, Saint Joseph County, Michigan; son of Peter L. and Marietta Hood Hackenberg; family moved, Milton, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania, 1860; public school education; printer’s apprentice; married, Mary H. Krauser, 1878, (d.1912) children, James Osborne, Nina Hackenberg Grier; read law with his father; admitted, Northumberland County bar, 1881; justice of the peace, Milton, 1881-1884; chief burgess of Milton, 1884-1885; delegate, Republican State Conventions, 1886, 1890; unsuccessful campaign, president judge, Northumberland County, 1891; elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1893-1896; married, Lucille Wolfe Hackenberg, 1919; died, November 30, 1940  (aged 81), Williamsport, Lycoming County, Pennsylvania; interment, Milton Cemetery, Milton, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania.

Early Career:

Immediately formed a partnership with his father in the practice of law, which continued until 1889, when his father retired from the firm. Mr. Hackenberg's large practice is entirely due to his own efforts and his thorough knowledge of his profession. He is recognized as one of the leading young lawyers of the county and is a member of the examining board of the Northumberland County bar.

Pennsylvania Politics:

Justice of the peace, Milton, 1881-1884. 

Chief burgess of Milton, 1884-1885. 

Delegate, Republican State Conventions, 1886, 1890. 

Unsuccessful campaign, president judge, Northumberland County, 1891. 

Elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 27th district, Northumberland, Snyder, Union Counties, 1893-1896; committee assignments, Judicial Apportionment, Judiciary General, Judicial Local, Library (Chairman), New Counties and County Seats. 


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

Smull’s Legislative Handbook, Cochran, T.B., (Editor) (1896) Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, pages 1054, 1061-1064, Biographical Sketches of Senators, page 1016.

Bell's History of Northumberland County, 1891.

William Hood Hackenberg (1859-1940) - Find a Grave Memorial