Member Biography

Ernest Leigh Tustin 

Sessions Office Position District Party
1907-1908       4 Republican
1909-1910       4 Republican
1911-1912       4 Republican

COUNTIES: Philadelphia  


12/20/1862 - 12/19/1921

Ernest Leigh Tustin (R4) Philadelphia (Part) County 1907-1911

Early Life:

Ernest Leigh Tustin, born December 20, 1862, Lewisburg, Union County, Pennsylvania; son of Reverend Francis Waylan and Maria M. Probasco Tustin; Bucknell University, valedictorian, B.A., 1886; admitted bar, 1886; moved, Philadelphia, commenced law practice, 1887; married, Ella Mae Woodruff Tustin, 1889; elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1907-1911; elected, Recorder of Deeds, Philadelphia, 1912; Bucknell University, honorary degree of Doctor of Law, 1915; mayoral appointment, director, Philadelphia Department, Public Welfare, 1920; died, December 19, 1921, Saint Agnes Hospital, John Hopkins University, Baltimore Maryland. Burial location unknown.

Early Career:

Studied law with Simon P. Wolverton, Northumberland; admitted bar, 1886; moved, Philadelphia, law practice, Tustin and Wesley, 1887. Specialty of Corporation and Orphans' Court practice.

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

Member, Mason, Chamber of Commerce, trustee, Bucknell University; trustee, Crozier Theological College; director, Hahnemann Hospital; director, Board of Education, Northern Baptist Convention, director, treasurer, Weiser Memorial Home; vice-president, treasurer, William H. Hoskins Company; director, Quaker City National Bank; director, Belmont Trust; member executive council, Board of Trade, 1908; trustee, American Baptist Publication Society; solicitor, Young Women's Christian Association.

Member, University, Lincoln, Overbook Golf, Merion Crick, Union League Clubs; member Society, Sons of the Revolution, Colonial Association. 

Pennsylvania Politics:

Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 4th district, Philadelphia (Part) County 1907- resigned, December 15, 1911; committee assignments, Banks and Building and Loan Associations, Congressional Apportionment, Elections, Judiciary General (Chairman), Public Health and Sanitation.

Elected, Recorder of Deeds, Philadelphia, 1912

Mayoral Appointment, Director, Philadelphia Department, Public Welfare, Mayor Joseph Hampton Moore, 1920.


At one time was the head of Baptist laity, United States.

Part of will, donated money to support Gymnasium, Bucknell University, honoring his father, pay for physical education teacher, Bucknell; donated money to support two beds, benefit for poor and destitute children, Hahnemann Hospital, Philadelphia; donated, Baptist City Missions, poor districts, Philadelphia, known as Ernest L. Tustin Fund.   


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

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

The Pennsylvania Manual, (1911). Miller, H.P., (Compiler). Baker, W.H., (Assistant Compiler). Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, pages, 1024, 1031-1034, Biographical Sketches of Senators, page 1005.

Reading Times (Reading, Pennsylvania) Monday, December 19, 1921, page 1. 

The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) Monday, December 19, 1921, page 1 page 13.

The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) Friday, December 30, 1921, page 12.