Member Biography

William Boling Meredith 

Sessions Office Position District Party
1885-1886       41 Republican
1887-1888       41 Republican
1889-1890       41 Republican
1891-1892       41 Republican
1893-1894       41 Republican
1895-1896       41 Republican
1897-1898       41 Republican
1899-1900       41 Republican

COUNTIES: Armstrong, Butler  


09/17/1839 - 05/17/1924

Private William Boling Meredith (R41) Armstrong and Butler Counties, 1885-1900

Early Life: 

Private William Boling Meredith, born September 17, 1839, Kittanning, Armstrong County, Pennsylvania; son of Jonathan Evans Meredith and Caroline Matilda McKee Meredith; Elder’s Ridge Academy; Jefferson College, Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, 1860; private, Pennsylvania Militia, 1862; engaged, oil, iron businesses;  married, Eliza Nelson Colwell Meredith, 1868, children, Caroline McKee Meredith Clayland, Margaret Colwell Meredith; elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1885-1900; treasurer, secretary, Armstrong Water Company; manager, Butler and Warren Water Companies; president, Safe Deposit and Title Guarantee Company; vice president, National Kittanning Bank; died, May 17, 1924 (aged 84) interment, Meredith Mausoleum, Kittanning Cemetery, Kittanning, Armstrong County, Pennsylvania.

Early Career:

Private, Company 2A, 23rd Regiment, Pennsylvania Militia, saw action Battle of Gettysburg, 1862.

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

Member, York Rite Masonry, Most Excellent Grand High Priest of the Grand Holy Arch Chapter of Pennsylvania, 1907-1908; Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania, District Deputy Grand Master,  1873-1924, 51 years of service; member, Presbyterian church. 

Pennsylvania Politics:

Elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, Armstrong and Butler Counties, 1885-1900; committee assignments, Appropriations, Congressional Apportionment, Finance, Insurance (Chairman), Judiciary Special, Public Printing and Public Health and Sanitation. 


Father, Jonathan Evans Meredith, Pennsylvania State Senate, 21st district, Armstrong, Indiana Counties, 1860-1862. 

Jonathan E Meredith  - Pennsylvania Senate Library (

After his youngest daughter, Caroline, sold his home, 1955; Armstrong County Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) opened, 1959-2013. After full restoration has now reopened as The Meredith Inn.


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

Smull’s Legislative Handbook, (1900). Cochran, T.B., (Editor) Miller, H.P. (Assistant Editor) Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, pages 1187, 1192-1195, Biographical Sketches of Senators, page 1161.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) Sunday May 18, 1924, Page 38.  

Biographical And Historical Cyclopedia of Indiana And Armstrong Counties, Pennsylvania: Published By, John M. Gresham & Co., Managed By, Samuel T. Wiley, Historian And Editor, Nos. 1218 and 1220 Filbert Street, Philadelphia, 1891, p 368.

William Bolling Meredith (1839-1924) - Find a Grave Memorial