Member Biography

William Henry Manbeck 

Member
Sessions Office Position District Party
1905-1906       31 Republican
1907-1908       31 Republican
1909-1910       31 Republican
1911-1912       31 Republican

Biography

02/15/1863 - 03/19/1938


William Henry Manbeck (R31), Juniata, Mifflin, Cumberland, and Perry Counties, 1905-1912

Early Life:

William Henry Manbeck, born February 15, 1863, Walker Township, Juniata County, Pennsylvania; son of Solomon and Susan Aurand Manbeck; public school education; engaged farming, grain, coal, lumber; married, Clara E. Bashore; children, Max N. Manbeck; elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1905-1912; died, March 19, 1938 (age 75), Mifflintown, Juniata County, Pennsylvania; internment, Westminster Presbyterian Cemetery, Mifflintown, Juniata County, Pennsylvania. 

Early Career:

Assisted with work on his father’s farm until 1883; business partnership, grain, coal, and lumber business with James M. Nelson, Thompsontown, Pennsylvania, 1883-1888; moved business to Mifflintown, Pennsylvania where a flouring mill was added, 1892.

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

President, Manbeck Baking Company; director and vice-president, Pennsylvania Miller’s Association; director, People’s National Bank; director, Manbeck Bread Company; director, Pennsylvania Millers’ Fire Insurance Company; director, Mifflintown Water Company; director, Fermanagh Building and Loan Association; trustee, Sate Epileptic Colony; trustee, Lewistown Hospital; partner, W.H. Manbeck and Company.

Member, Mifflintown Masonic Lodge; member, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Thompsontown Lodge; member and trustee, Westminster Presbyterian Church of Mifflintown.

Pennsylvania Politics:

Elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 31st district, Juniata, Mifflin and Perry Counties, 1905-1906; elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 31st District, Juniata, Mifflin, Cumberland, and Perry Counties, 1907-1912; committee assignments, Agriculture, Appropriations, Canals and Inland Navigation (Chairman), Congressional Apportionment, Education, Federal Relations, Forestry, Game and Fisheries, Judicial Apportionment, and Public Roads and Highways.

Cited:

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

Smull’s Legislative Handbook, (1905). Cochran, T.B., (Editor) Miller, H.P. (Assistant Editor) Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, pages 987, 992-995, Biographical Sketches of Senators, page 961.

Smull’s Legislative Handbook, (1908). Cochran, T.B., (Editor) Miller, H.P. (Assistant Editor) Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, pages 909, 915-917, Biographical Sketches of Senators, page 888.

“W.H. Manbeck, Baker, Is Dead.” The Evening News (Harrisburg, Pennsylvania) Monday, March 21, 1938, page 30. Newspapers.com.

William Henry Manbeck (1863-1938) - Find a Grave Memorial