Member Biography

Sterling Ross Catlin 



Manual, Enclyopedia of Pennsylvania Biography, volume XV 

Sessions Office Position District Party
1905-1906       21 Republican
1907-1908       21 Republican
1909-1910       21 Republican
1911-1912       21 Republican
1913-1914       21 Republican
1915-1916       21 Republican
1917-1918       21 Republican
1919-1920       21 Republican

COUNTIES: Luzerne  


01/27/1842 - 03/23/1919

Sterling Ross Catlin (R21) Luzerne County (part) 1904-1919

Early Life: 

Sterling Ross Catlin born January 27, 1842, Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania; son of Julius S. and Martha Covell Catlin; public and private schools education; Polytechnic Institute of Philadelphia; master machinist; 30th Emergency Militia, Gettysburg, Civil War, 1863; founder, Helena, Montana, 1864; superintendent, Mare Island Navy Yard, California, 1865-1869; returned, Pennsylvania, 1880; Wilkes-Barre City Council, five years; elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1904-1919; never married; died in office, March 23, 1919, (aged 76) Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, interment Hollenback Cemetery Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania.

Early Career:  

Apprenticed, machinist; achieved master machinist status.

Enlisted, Civil War, 30th Emergency Militia, Battle of Gettysburg, 1863 

One of the founders of Helena, Montana, 1864. 

Moved, California; Superintendent, Mare Island Navy Yard, 1865-1869, first United States Navy base established on the Pacific Ocean.  

Pennsylvania Politics:

Wilkes-Barre City Council, five years.  

Elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 21st district, Luzerne County (part) 1904-1919; chair, New County and County Seats Committee; member, Appropriations, Banks and Buildings and Loan Associations, City Passenger Railways, Elections, Executive Nominations, Finance, Legislative Apportionment, Public Roads and Highways and Railroads Committees.


Grandson, General William Ross.

Nephew, Pennsylvania Speaker of the Senate, William Sterling Ross.


Miller, H.P., (Compiler) Baker, W. H., (Assistant Compiler) (1916) Smull’s Legislative Hand Book, Biographical Sketches of Senators, page 1093, 1116, 1123-1126.