Member Biography

W. (Wallace) Louis Coppersmith 

Sessions Office Position District Party
1969       35 Democrat
1970       35 Democrat
1971       35 Democrat
1972       35 Democrat
1973       35 Democrat
1974       35 Democrat
1975       35 Democrat
1976       35 Democrat
1977       35 Democrat
1978       35 Democrat
1979       35 Democrat
1980       35 Democrat

COUNTIES: Westmoreland, Cambria  


07/19/1928 - 01/17/1989

W. (Wallace) Louis Coppersmith (D35) Cambria and Westmoreland Counties 1969-1980

Early Life:

W. (Wallace) Louis Coppersmith, born July 19, 1928, Johnstown, Cambria County, Pennsylvania; son of Samuel George and Bella Glosser Coppersmith; Harvard Law School, 1953; assistant district attorney, County of Cambria, Ebensburg, Pennsylvania, 1956-1967; elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1969-1980; general counsel, Glosser Brothers Incorporated, Johnstown, 1961-1989; corporation secretary, Glosser Brothers Incorporated, Johnstown, 1986-1989; board directors, Glosser Brothers Incorporated, Johnstown; Commissioner, Pennsylvania Public Television Network, 1979-1980; married, Bernice Evans (d. 1976), children, Samuel, Susan, Beth, married, second, Marian Ungar; died, January 17, 1989, Johnstown, Cambria County, Pennsylvania; interment, Grandview Cemetery, Southmont, Cambria County, Pennsylvania.

Board directors Keystone chapter American Red Cross, Johnstown, 1962; Public television Board, Harrisburg, 1978-1980; trustee, University Pittsburgh, 1977; member American Bar Association, Pennsylvania Bar Association, Freemasons, Elks.

Pennsylvania Politics:

Assistant district attorney, County of Cambria, Ebensburg, Pennsylvania, 1956-1967.

Elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 35th district, Cambria and Westmoreland Counties, 1969-1980; Chairman, Public Health and Welfare Committee, 1971-1980.


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

Centre Daily Times (State College, Pennsylvania) Thursday, January 19, 1989, page 13.