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 County 1875-1876

Early Life: 

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, 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, Forty-fourth, United States Congress, 1876-1877; not a candidate for election, Forty-fifth Congress; 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, and subsequently to Archbald, Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania Politics:  

Elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate,20th district, Luzerne County, 1875-1876, member, Compare Bills, Corporations, Judiciary Local and New Counties and County Seats Committees.  

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: (bold)(if applicable)

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


Smull’s Legislative Hand Book, (1875) Smull, J.A., Members of the Senate of Pennsylvania, pages 601 and 606-608.

Congressional Biography

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