Member Biography

William Livingston Erwin 

Sessions Office Position District Party
1808-1809         Federalist
1809-1810         Federalist
1810-1811         Federalist
1811-1812         Federalist
1812-1813         Federalist
1813-1814         Federalist
1814-1815         Federalist
1815-1816       3 Federalist



02/12/1760 - 06/16/1836

Captain William Livingston Erwin (Federalist3) Bucks County 1808-1816

Early Life:

Captain William Livingston Erwin, born February 12, 1760, Ballynedrentich, Killead Parish, County Antrim, Ireland; son of Colonel Arthur Erwin and first wife Mary Scott; settled in Tinicum, Bucks County; captain, Revolutionary War; elected, Federalist, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1808-1816; unsuccessful campaign, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1820; married, Achsah R. Rockhill Erwin, 1782, children, Mary Erwin, Rachel Erwin, Scott R. Erwin, Julianna Erwin, Charlotte Erwin; died, June 16, 1836 (age 76), Erwinna, Bucks County, Pennsylvania; interment, Erwin Family Cemetery, Erwinna, Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

Early Career:

Served, Captain, Revolutionary War, 3rd Battalion, First Regiment of Foot; commissioned, Captain, First Regiment of Foot, Continental Service May 14, 1781.

Pennsylvania Politics:

Elected, Federalist, Pennsylvania State Senate, 3rd district, Bucks County, 1808-1816.

Unsuccessful campaign, Pennsylvania State Senate, 3rd district, Bucks County, 1820.


It is said that his father, Colonel Arthur Erwin, one of George Washington officers, provided some of the boats used in the transporting of Washington’s troops across the Delaware, Christmas Day 1776.  

Half-brother, John Erwin, Pennsylvania State Senate, 8th district, Lehigh, Northampton, Pike and Wayne Counties, 1818-1819.

John Erwin  - Pennsylvania Senate Library (


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

A New Nation Votes (

William Livingston Erwin (1760-1836) - Find a Grave Memorial