William Wilson Betts (D34) Centre, Clearfield, Clinton Counties, 1887-1890
William Wilson Betts, born May 1, 1838, Newark, Essex County, New Jersey; son of Reverend Frederick Gregory and Cornelia Finley Betts moved with parents, Clearfield, Pennsylvania, 1840; public school education; apprenticed, newspaper printing trade, Crawford Journal, Meadville, Pennsylvania, age of thirteen, 1851-1853, left because of impaired eyesight; engaged, clerk, mercantile and lumber firm, Reed, Weaver and Powell, Clearfield, 1853-1860; partner, Weaver and Betts, 1860; office of burgess, councilman Clearfield; engaged, real estate, coal and lumber business, manufacturing industries; president, Clearfield Gas and Water company; elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1887-1890; married, Margaret Johnson Irvin Betts, children, Jennie Patton Betts Hartswick, Cornelia Finley Betts, Alice Maud Betts Walter, Frederick Gregory Betts, William Irvin Betts, Jr., John Weaver Betts; died, September 24, 1896, Bright’s Disease, Clearfield, Clearfield County, Pennsylvania; interment, Hillcrest Cemetery, Clearfield, Clearfield County, Pennsylvania.
Professional titles; business ownership; board memberships; local government; club memberships:
Officer, Beech Creek Railroad Company; Clearfield National Bank, Clearfield Bituminous Coal Company; Clearfield Cemetery Company; Clearfield Furniture Works.
Office of burgess, councilman Clearfield, Pennsylvania.
Elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 34th district, Centre, Clearfield, Clinton Counties, 1887-1890; committee assignments, Appropriations, Banks, Corporations, Finance, Railroads.
Son, William Irvin Betts, Sr., Pennsylvania State Senate, Centre and Clearfield Counties, 1923-1926.
Has own historical marker, Clearfield, Clearfield County, Pennsylvania.
Twentieth Century History of Clearfield County, Pennsylvania, and Representative Citizens, Roland D. Swoope, Jr., Chicago: Richmond-Arnold Publishing Company, 1911, pages 973 and 974.
Smull’s Legislative Handbook, (1890) Cochran, T.B., (Editor) Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, pages 697, 702-704, Biographical Sketches of Senators, page 667.