Member Biography

William Lucas Corbett 

Sessions Office Position District Party
1877       38 Democrat


02/12/1826 - 02/05/1895

Judge William Lucas Corbett (D38) Cameron, Clarion, Elk, Forest Counties 1877-1878

Early Life:

Judge William Lucas Corbett, born February 12, 1826, Clarion Township, Clarion County, Pennsylvania; son of Isaac and Margaret Lucas Corbett; father died, engaged, family farm at fourteen, 1840; Clarion Academy, 1844; registered as a law student, office of D. W. Foster, Clarion; admitted, Clarion County bar, 1847; attorney; deputy attorney general, Clarion County, 1847-1850; private practice, 1850-1890; delegate, Democratic National Convention, 1868; delegate at large, Pennsylvania State Constitutional Convention, 1872-1873; elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1877-1878 session; defeated for reelection; President Judge, Eighteenth Judicial District, 1885; died, February 5, 1895, Clarion, Clarion County, Pennsylvania; interment Clarion Cemetery, Clarion, Clarion County, Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania Politics:

Deputy Attorney General, Clarion County, 1847-1850.

Delegate, Democratic National Convention, nominated, Horatio Seymour for President, 1868.

Delegate at large, Pennsylvania State Constitutional Convention, 1872-1873.

Elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 38th district, Cameron, Clarion, Elk, Forest Counties, 1877-1878; committee assignments, Constitutional Reform, Federal Relations, Judiciary (Local), Vice and Immorality.

Appointed, Governor Robert Emory Pattison, President Judge, Eighteenth Judicial District, succeeded, Judge James G. Knox, deceased.


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

Smull’s Legislative Handbook, (1878) Smull, J.A., (Editor) Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, pages 657, 662-665, Biographical Sketches of Senators, page 621.

William Lucas Corbett (1826-1895) - Find a Grave Memorial