Member Biography

William George Hawkins 

Seal
Sessions Office Position District Party
1823-1824       20 Democrat
1824-1825       20 Democrat
1825-1826       20 Democrat
1826-1827       20 Democrat
1827-1828       20 Democrat
1828-1829       20 Democrat
1829-1830       19 Democrat
1830-1831       19 Democrat
1831-1832     Speaker 20 Democrat

Biography

01/25/1799 - 04/11/1876


William George Hawkins, Sr. (D20) Greene and Washington Counties 1824-1829 (D19) Greene and Washington Counties 1829-1830 (D19) Fayette and Greene Counties 1830-1831 (D20) Greene and Washington Counties, 1831-1832

Early Life:

William George Hawkins, Sr., born January 25, 1799, New Geneva, George’s Creek, Fayette County, Pennsylvania; son of William Hawkins, Jr. and Jane Wilson Bullitt Hawkins; rural subscription education; school director, North Union Township, Greene County; married Ellen Hill, 1820 (d.1824), remarried, Margaretta Dilinger Hawkins, 1829, children, James Hawkins, John Dillinger Hawkins, Judge William George Hawkins, Jr.; unsuccessful campaign, Pennsylvania State House of Representatives, Special Election, 1816; appointed attorney, Greene County Court of Common Pleas, 1821; elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1834-1832, Speaker, Senate of Pennsylvania, 1831-1832; retired, public life; moved to Pittsburgh, admitted, Allegheny bar, established law practice; died, April 11, 1876 (aged 77) Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, interment, Allegheny Cemetery, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania Politics:

Unsuccessful campaign, Pennsylvania State House of Representatives, Washington County, Special Election, 1816.

Elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 20th district, Greene and Washington Counties, 1824-1829; replaced, father-in-law, Colonel Rees Bowen Hill, 1824; Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 19th district, Greene and Washington Counties, 1829-1830; Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 19th district, Fayette and Greene Counties, 1830-1831; Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 20th district, Greene and Washington Counties, 1831-1832. Losing his seat through redistricting.

Legacy:

Wife, Ellen Hill, daughter, two-time Speaker of the Pennsylvania State House of Representatives, 1816, 1819; Pennsylvania State Senator Colonel Rees Bowen Hill, 1821-1824.

Cited:

https://elections.lib.tufts.edu/catalog/HW0362

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

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/100806178/william-george-hawkins