Member Biography

William Ross 

Sessions Office Position District Party
1812-1813         Democrat
1813-1814         Democrat
1814-1815         Democrat
1815-1816       9 Democrat


03/29/1761 - 08/09/1842

General William Ross (D) Luzerne and Northumberland Counties 1812-1815 (D9) Columbia, Luzerne, Northumberland, Susquehanna, Union Counties 1815-1816

Early Life:

General William Ross, born March 29, 1761, Scotland, Windham County, Connecticut; Jeremiah and Ann Paine Ross; rose in major to brigade inspector, general, Pennsylvania Militia, American Revolutionary War; married, Elizabeth Sterling Ross, children, Sarah Sterling Ross, Eliza Irene Ross, Caroline Ann Ross, William Sterling Ross; died, August 9, 1842 (aged 81), Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania; interment, Hollenback Cemetery, Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania Politics:

Elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, Luzerne and Northumberland Counties, 1812-1815.

Elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 9th district, Columbia, Luzerne, Northumberland, Susquehanna, Union Counties, 1815-1816.


Participated, Battle of Wyoming, American Revolutionary War between American Patriots and Loyalists accompanied by Iroquois raiders. Took place, July 3, 1778, Exeter and Wyoming Valley of Pennsylvania. More than 300 Patriots were killed in the battle. Killed, were the senators brothers Lieutenant Perrin Ross, Private Jeremiah Ross, Jr., brother-in-law, Ensign Jonathan Otis.

Son, Brigadier General, Pennsylvania State Senator, President of the Senate, William Sterling Ross, Columbia and Luzerne Counties, 1845-1848.