Sterling Ross Catlin
Photo credit: Pennsylvania Manual, Enc. Of Pa. Biog., vol XV
The grandson of General William Ross and nephew of Senate Speaker William Sterling Ross, Sterling Ross Catlin was born in Wilkes-Barre in 1842; attended public and private schools; Polytechnic Institute of Philadelphia, and apprenticed as a machinist, achieving master status within 12 years. He enlisted in the (3 mos.) 30th Emergency Militia of 1863 (Gettysburg) during the Civil War, crossing the plains in 1864 to become one of the founders of Helena, Montana. Moved to California; Superintendent of the Mare Island Navy Yard, five years; returned to Pennsylvania about 1880, serving on the Wilkes-Barre City Council for nine years, 1895-1904; elected to the Senate of Pennsylvania November 1904-1919. He died in office, at Wilkes-Barre, March 23, 1919.