William Lucas Corbett
William L. Corbett was born on February 12, 1826, in Clarion Township, the son of Isaac and Margaret (Lucas) Corbett. At fourteen, helped his mother run the family farm after his father died; attended the Clarion Academy until he was eighteen; registered as a law student in the office of D. W. Foster, of Clarion; admitted to the Clarion County bar on February 2, 1847; deputy attorney general of Clarion County to 1850; and developed a lucrative, 40-year practice as one of the region’s leading trial attorneys.
A Whig through 1854, he aligned thereafter as a Democrat; served in numerous county and state nominating conventions; delegate at large to the 1872-1873 State Constitutional Convention; elected to the State Senate in 1876, serving the 1877-78 session; defeated for reelection for opposing the session’s anti-discrimination legislation; succeeded Judge Knox (deceased) as President Judge of the Eighteenth Judicial District, and served the remainder of that year. Described as a “massive, rugged, and robust man,” Judge Corbett died on February 7, 1895.