Member Biography

Hubbard Bester Payne 


The Luzerne Legal Register, vol XIII, 1884;  By George Brubaker Kulp, Pennsylvania. Supreme Court.


Sessions Office Position District Party
1875       21 Republican
1876       21 Republican

COUNTIES: Luzerne  


07/20/1839 - 09/01/1892

Hubbard Bester Payne (R21) Luzerne County 1875-1876

Early Life: 

Hubbard Bester Payne, born July 20, 1839; Kingston, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania; son of Bester and Polly Pierce Payne; attended local schools education; Wyoming Seminary, Kingston; Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut, 1861; teacher, Rocky Hill, Hartford County, Connecticut; studied law, admitted, Luzerne County bar, 1863; elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1875-1876; unsuccessful election, Congress, 1876; unsuccessful election, Luzerne County, District Court Judge, 1880; superintendent of Sunday School; married, Elizabeth Lee Smith, 1865, children, Louisa S., Hubbard B., Paul D. Payne; died, September 1, 1892 (aged 53), Kingston, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania; interment, Forty Fort Cemetery, Forty Fort, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania.

Early Career:      

Studied law with Congressman Charles Denison of Wilkes-Barre while continuing teaching. Admitted, Luzerne County bar, 1863, practiced with former Pennsylvania State Senator and Congressman Winthrop W. Ketcham, solicitor, United States Court of Claims. 

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

Member, Psi Upsilon Secret Society, Pythologian Society, Phi Beta Kappa, member Ampaictyon Society, Wyoming Seminary; ruling elder, New Kingston Presbyterian Church; past master, district deputy, Kingston Lodge Free and Accepted Masons; member, Wilkes-Barre Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons; member, Dieu Le Veut No48 Commandery Knight Templar,Wilkes Barre; vice-president, Pennsylvania Sunday School Association, 1883; director, Miners' Savings Bank of Wilkes-Barre, ten years; trustee, Osterhout Library, trustee, Kinston Young Men's Christian Association.

Pennsylvania Politics:

Elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 21st district, Luzerne County, 1875-1876; chaired, Mines and Mining and New Counties and County Seats Committees; member, Judiciary General and Judiciary Local Committees. Championed a bill mandating that all parents not only prepare children for an elementary education, but charged legal guardians to uphold a compulsory attendance policy.

Unsuccessful election, 12th Congressional District, United States Congress, 1876.

Unsuccessful election, District Court Judge, Luzerne County, 1880. 


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

Smull’s Legislative Handbook, (1875). Smull, J.A., (Editor) Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, pages 602, 606-609.

Wilkes-Barre Semi-Weekly Record (Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania) Friday September 9, 1892, Page 6

Hubbard Bester Payne (1839-1892) - Find a Grave Memorial