Member Biography

William Graham Sesler 

Sessions Office Position District Party
1961       49 Democrat
1962       49 Democrat
1963       49 Democrat
1964       49 Democrat
1965       49 Democrat
1966       49 Democrat
1967       49 Democrat
1968       49 Democrat
1969       49 Democrat
1970       49 Democrat
1971       49 Democrat
1972       49 Democrat



04/18/1928 - 05/22/2017

First Lieutenant William Graham Sesler (D49) Erie County 1961-1972

Early Life:

First Lieutenant William Graham Sesler, Born April 18, 1928, Uniontown, Fayette County, Pennsylvania; son of Frederick Allen Sesler and Nina Pauline Dixson Sesler; Academy High School, Erie, Pennsylvania; cum laude, Kenyon College, Gambier, Ohio; First Lieutenant, Combined Command for Reconnaissance Activities, CCRAK Special Forces Unit, meritorious service, Bronze Star, United States Air Force, Korean War; GI Bill, University of Michigan Law School; admitted, Pennsylvania Bar, 1957; attorney, law firm,  Sesler and Sesler; married, Cecily Ann Parke, 1958 children, Greg, Doug, Elizabeth Sesler-Beckman; engaged, real estate; elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate 1961-1972; alternate delegate, Pennsylvania, Democratic National Convention, 1964; unsuccessful candidate, United States Senate, 1970; died, May 22, 2017, (age89) UPMC Hamot, Erie, Erie County, Pennsylvania; interment, Laurel Hill Cemetery, Millcreek Township, Erie County, Pennsylvania.

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

Presbyterian. Member, American Bar Association; American Legion; Veterans of Foreign Wars; Jaycees; Tau Kappa Alpha.

Pennsylvania Politics:

Elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 49thd district, Erie County, 1961-1972

Alternate delegate, Pennsylvania, Democratic National Convention, 1964.

Unsuccessful candidate, United States Senate, against Hugh Scott, 1970.


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

 "William G. Sesler". Erie Times-News. May 24, 2017 – via

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