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Hubbard Bester Payne


Photo credit:

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

 

 

Sessions

Session Office Position District Party
1875 21 Republican
1876 21 Republican
 Counties   Luzerne

Biography

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, 21th 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.

Cited: 

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

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