Member Biography

William Wharton Mearkle 

Sessions Office Position District Party
1919-1920       43 Republican

COUNTIES: Allegheny  


01/24/1871 - 07/02/1954

William Wharton Mearkle (R43) Allegheny (Part) County 1919-1920

Early Life:            

William Wharton Mearkle born January 24, 1871, farm, Monroe Township, Bedford County, Pennsylvania; son of Henry and Julian Karns Mearkle; early education, township schools; Dickinson Seminary (now Lycoming College); Dickinson School of Law (now Penn State Dickinson Law); lawyer; mortgage lender, United Security and Life Insurance Trust Company; realtor and loan correspondent, Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company, thirty years; elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State House of Representatives, 1915-1918; not a candidate for reelection, 1918; elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1919-1920; married, Louise C. Delp Mearkle, 1923, no children; chair, Seventh Ward Republicans, 1936; died July 2, 1954, Glenshaw, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania; interment, Smithfield East End Cemetery, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania Politics:

Elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State House of Representatives, 1915-1918; not a candidate for reelection, 1918. 

Elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 43rd district, Allegheny (Part) County, 1919-1920; elected, vacancy, death, Charles A. Magee, March 13, 1917; elected, November 5, 1918; committee assignments, Appropriations, Banks and Building and Loan Associations, Congressional Apportionment, Corporations, Education, Insurance, Judiciary General, New Counties and County Seats, Public Health and Sanitation, Public Supply of Light, Heat and Water (Chairman). 

Pennsylvania House of Representatives Biography:

Official Website - PA House Archives Official Website (


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

The Pennsylvania Manual, (1919). Miller, H.P., (Compiler). Baker, W.H., (Assistant Compiler). Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, pages 1266, 1278, Biographical Sketches of Senators, page 1245. 

William Wharton Mearkle (1871-1954) - Find a Grave Memorial