Member Biography

William L. Torbert 

Sessions Office Position District Party
1877       30 Independent Democrat
1878       30 Independent Democrat

COUNTIES: Schuylkill  


10/24/1828 - 08/09/1907

William L. Torbert (Independent Democrat30) Schuylkill County 1877-1878 

Early Life:

William L. Torbert, born October 24, 1828, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania; son of James Torbert, Esquire and Margaret A. Torbert; Philadelphia public school education; engaged, merchandising, lumber business, farming; auditor, treasurer, member, school board, East Union Township, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania; married, Ester Blatchford, 1850, children, Mary Torbert, Elizabeth F. Torbert Tishman, James Franklin Torbert; remarried, Anna Burke Hawkins; elected, Independent Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1877- 1878; died, August 9, 1907 (aged 78, 10 months), Girard Manor, Sheppton, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania; interment, Laurel Hill Cemetery, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania. 

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

Mason, Schuylkill County.

Pennsylvania Politics:

Auditor, treasurer, member, school board, East Union Township, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania.

Elected, Independent Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 30th district, Schuylkill County, 1877-1878; committee assignments, Banks, Mines and Mining.


Having about two thousand acres of land under cultivation in the Catawissa valley surrounding his residence, was the most liberal employer of agricultural labor in Schuylkill County. 


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

Smull’s Legislative Handbook, (1878) Smull, J.A., (Editor) Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, pages 656, 662-665, Biographical Sketches of Senators, page 624.

Pottsville Republican (Pottsville, Pennsylvania) Saturday, August 10, 1907, page 1.

William L. Torbert (1828-1907) - Find a Grave Memorial