Member Biography

Wiliam Henry Stanton 

Sessions Office Position District Party
1875       20 Democrat
1876       20 Democrat

COUNTIES: Luzerne  


07/28/1843 - 03/28/1900

Judge William Henry Stanton (D20) Luzerne (Part) County 1875-1876

Early Life: 

Judge William Henry Stanton, born July 28, 1843, New York City, New York; public schools education, Archbald, Pennsylvania;  Saint John's College, Montrose, Pennsylvania; studied law; admitted, bar, attorney, commenced law practice, Scranton, Pennsylvania, 1868; married, Anna Marie Allen, five children, William H., Jr.; Mary A., Victoria A., Lenore, Leroy Emmanuel Stanton; editor, Scranton Daily Times (now Times-Tribune) until 1872; prosecuting attorney, Scranton Mayor’s Court, 1872-1874; elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1875-1876; elected, Democrat, United States House of Representatives, 1876-1877; not a candidate for election, 1877; elected, judge, Luzerne County Court of Common Pleas, 1877; resigned, 1879; left Scranton, 1883, moved Arkansas, moved Kansas City, Missouri, 1884, returned Scranton, Pennsylvania, resumed law practice; died, March 28, 1900 (aged 56), Scranton, Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania; interment, West Side Catholic Cemetery, Scranton, Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania. 

Early Career:

Moved with his parents from New York City, to Carbondale, Pennsylvania, subsequently to Archbald, Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania Politics: 

Elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 20th district, Luzerne (Part) County, 1875-1876; committee assignments, Compare Bills, Corporations, Judiciary Local and New Counties and County Seats. 

Elected, Democrat, Judge, Luzerne County Court of Common Pleas, 1877; served at the organization of the courts of the newly created county of Lackawanna October 24, 1878; resigned, 1879.

Continued Government Service/National Politics:  

Elected, Democrat, United States House of Representatives, Forty-fourth, United States Congress, vacancy, resignation, Winthrop W. Ketchum (appointed, federal judge), November 7, 1876 - March 3, 1877; not a candidate for election, Forty-fifth Congress.


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

Smull’s Legislative Handbook, (1875). Smull, J.A., (Editor) Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, pages 601, 606-609. 

William Henry Stanton (1843-1900) - Find a Grave Memorial

Congressional Biography

After 2 session(s) serving in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, Wiliam Henry Stanton  went on to serve in congress