Member Biography

William Gregory Barthold 

Sessions Office Position District Party
1937-1938       18 Democrat

COUNTIES: Northampton  


11/12/1897 - 09/22/1969

Judge William Gregory Barthold (D18) Northampton County 1937-1938

Early Life:

Judge William Gregory Barthold, born November 12, 1897, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania; son of Allen H. and Emma A. Barthold; valedictorian, Bethlehem High School, 1914; Lehigh University, (B.A.), 1918; Harvard Law School, (LL.B), 1922; Moravian College Honorary Doctorate, 1948; engaged that of his profession, legal practice, Lehigh, Northampton Counties; married, Frances Katherine Werkheiser, 1925, children, Jeanne Audre Barthold, Nancy G. Barthold; district attorney, Northampton County, 1928-1932; solicitor, Borough of Freemansburg, 1924-1942; solicitor for Sheriff, Northampton County, 1934-1935; solicitor, Bethlehem School District, 1934-1937; elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1937-1938; elected, judge, Northampton County Courts, 1938-1947; elected, president judge, Northampton County Courts, 1948-1969, died, September 22, 1969 Bethlehem, Northampton, Pennsylvania; interment, Nisky Hill Cemetery, Bethlehem, Northampton County, Pennsylvania.

Professional titles; business ownership; board memberships; local government; club memberships:

Member, Board of Trustees, Cedar Crest College; Board of Trustees, Saint Luke’s Hospital; Advisory Board of Salvation Army; Central Council of Social Service for the city of Bethlehem; Family Welfare Association (predecessor, Family Counseling Association), Lehigh Valley Guidance Clinic, Bethlehem Young Men’s Christian Association; member of American, Pennsylvania, Northampton County Bar Associations. Member, Christ Church United Church of Christ, Bethlehem; member, Saucon Valley Country Club.

Pennsylvania Politics:

District attorney, Northampton County, 1928-1932.

Solicitor, Borough of Freemansburg, 1924-1942.

Solicitor for Sheriff, Northampton County, 1934-1935.

Solicitor, Bethlehem School District, 1934-1937.

Elected, Pennsylvania State Senate, 18th district, Northampton County, 1937-1938; Warren Roberts resigned, April 14, 1937, elected, May 11, 1937. 

Elected, judge, Northampton County Courts, 1938-1947. 

Elected, president judge, Northampton County Courts, 1948-1969.


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

Cox, Harold. Senate1790-1869 ( Wilkes University Election Statistics Project. Wilkes University.

The Morning Call (Allentown, Pennsylvania) Tuesday, September 23, 1969, page5.

Judge William G. Barthold (1897-1969) - Find a Grave Memorial