Member Biography

William Hepburn 


Portrait: Courtesy, Lycoming County Bar Association

Sessions Office Position District Party
1793-1794       10 Democratic-Republican
1794-1795       10 Democratic-Republican


1753 - 06/25/1821

William Hepburn (Democratic-Republican10) Huntingdon, Luzerne and Northumberland Counties 1793-1794 (Democratic-Republican10) Luzerne, Mifflin and Northumberland Counties 1794-1795.

Early Life:

William Hepburn, born 1753, Donegal, Ireland; son of Samuel Hepburn (mother and sister were lost in a shipwreck off the Jersey coast) moved, Sunbury, then moved north to Williamsport, Pennsylvania; colonel, local militia company, commander, Fort Muncy, 1778; 300-acre farmer, distiller, merchant, Justice of the Peace; Commissioner, Northumberland County, 1789-1791; elected, Democratic-Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1793-1795; appointed associate judge, Lycoming County Court, first president judge of Lycoming County; married, Elizabeth Huston Hepburn, children, Elizabeth Hepburn Stewart, Matilda Hepburn Stewart, James Hepburn, Charles William Hepburn; died, June 25, 1821 (aged 68) Williamsport, Lycoming County, Pennsylvania; internment, Wildwood Cemetery, Williamsport, Lycoming County, Pennsylvania.

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

Member, Lycoming Presbyterian Church; founder of the first Masonic lodge, Lycoming County, then elected, first Worshipful Master of Lodge 106, Free and Accepted Masons.

Pennsylvania Politics: 

Justice of the Peace. 

Commissioner, Northumberland County, 1789-1791.

Elected, Democratic-Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 10th district, Huntingdon, Luzerne and Northumberland Counties, 1793-1794. William Montgomery resigned or died, replaced by William Hepburn, January 20, 1794.

Elected, Democratic-Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 10th district, Luzerne, Mifflin and Northumberland Counties, 1794-1795.

Appointed associate judge, Lycoming County Court, Governor Thomas Mifflin; colleagues then elected him to be the first president judge of Lycoming County. Had no formal legal training.


During his Senate tenure, he played a critical role in the formation of Lycoming County, which was to be carved from territory taken from Northumberland County, selected to a group of five state senators whose task was to prepare the division of Northumberland County. The committee prepared a report that became a bill that established Lycoming County. Governor Thomas Mifflin signed it into law on April 13, 1795. Regarded as the "Father of Lycoming County."


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

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