Member Biography

James Sill 

Sessions Office Position District Party
1881-1882       49 Republican
1883-1884       49 Republican



11/11/1829 - 01/06/1903

James Sill (R49) Erie County 1881-1884  

Early Life:

James Sill born November 11, 1829; son of Thomas Hale and Joanna Boylston Chase Sill; Erie Academy; studied law under his father, Thomas H. Sill, Esquire; State and National Law School, New York; admitted, Erie County bar, where he has since practiced; district attorney of Erie County, 1857-1860; presidential elector, 1868; solicitor, city of Erie, 1871-1872; elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1881-1884; died, January 6, 1903 (aged 73), Erie County, Pennsylvania; interment, Erie Cemetery, Erie, Erie County, Pennsylvania. 

Pennsylvania Politics:

District attorney of Erie County, 1857-1860. 

Presidential elector, 1868.

Solicitor, city of Erie, 1871-1872

Elected, Republican Pennsylvania State Senate, 49th district, Erie County, 1881-1884; committee assignments, Centennial Affairs, Judiciary (General), Library (Chairman).


Father, Thomas Hale Sill, Federalist, Pennsylvania State House of Representatives, 1823-1824; United States House of Representatives, Pennsylvania's 18th District, 1826-1827, 1829-1831.


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

Smull’s Legislative Handbook, (1883). Smull, W.P., (Editor) Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, pages 765, 770-772, Biographical Sketches of Senators, page 735.

James Sill (1829-1903) - Find a Grave Memorial