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Pennsylvania State Senate

Charles Lytle Lamberton

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



Session Position District Party
1861 28 Democrat
1863 28 Democrat
 Counties   Clarion, Elk, Forest, Jefferson


1829 - 1906

Charles Lytle Lamberton was born on January 4, 1829, the son Major Robert and Mary (Harkness) Lamberton of Carlisle, Cumberland County; studied law with his brother, the Hon. Robert A. Lamberton of Harrisburg; taught school in Cumberland County; joined the Dauphin county bar in August 1850; to Brookville, Jefferson County, 1851; joined the county bar; practiced law with Samuel A. Purviance, of Butler, Pa.; appointed to Gov. Bigler’s staff with the rank of lieutenant-colonel, 1851-1852;  legal partnership with James Campbell of Clarion, 1853; president judge of the Clarion, Jefferson, Forest, Venango, and Mercer judicial district; moved his practice to Clarion County; elected delegate to the Democratic State Convention, 1856;  member of the Democratic State Committee; member of the State  Democratic Peace Convention, 1861; chair of the Clarion County Enlistment Committee; and elected to the Senate of Pennsylvania, serving one term, 1862-1864, earning high marks for voting against the Pennsylvania Railroad’s bill, eliminating the line’s liability to pay state tonnage tax.  Originally a Peace Democrat, Senator Lamberton voted consistently for vigorous prosecution of the war, casting for the soldier’s suffrage, pay, and widows and orphans relief bills; however was a staunch supporter of defrocked Union General George McClellan’s presidential campaign against Lincoln in 1864.  As Senator Lamberton encouraged a resolution to invite McClellan to campaign before the Senate, the matter led to a fierce exchange with abolitionist Republican senator Morrow B. Lowry.  Senator Lamberton was subsequently chosen as a delegate to the 1864 Democratic National Convention, carrying a nomination for McClellan. 
After Senate service, Lamberton engaged in real estate pursuits in Philadelphia, 1864-1865; moved to Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County, late 1865; was admitted to the county bar, November 20, 1865, and opened a law office.  He travelled abroad with Chief Justice George Woodward and others in 1867; became one of the originators of the Miners' Savings Bank, of Wilkes-Barre, 1867; and was an original incorporator and director of the Wilkes-Barre Deposit and Savings Bank.  Continuing his political work, Lamberton was an 1872 delegate to the Democratic State Convention at Reading, and was one of the committee of thirty-three, who selected fourteen delegates-at-large to the constitutional convention, including himself; served as a delegate to the Democratic National Convention, Baltimore 1872.  In 1874 he took an active interest in the election of his friend, Hon. William A. Wallace, to the United States Senate. He declined a nomination to the state Supreme Court in 1877. 
He travelled again throughout Europe, 1878-1879, with his wife.  Upon his return, he retired from his law practice, 1880. 
In 1880 Mr. Lamberton took part in the presidential canvass, speaking in Philadelphia, Chester, Danville, Pottstown, and Altoona, upon invitation of the Democratic State Central Committee, and with Senator William A. Wallace at Youngstown, Ohio, and at Sharon, Pennsylvania. In 1881 Mr. Lamberton, accompanied by Mrs. Lamberton, returned to Europe, visiting Ireland, Scotland, Germany, and the valley of the Engadine, sailing for home in November of the same year; in 1882 he traveled in the U.S., and in the summer of 1883 went abroad again, accompanied by Mrs. Lamberton, traveling through Holland, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, and Russia.
Lamberton married Anna De Witt, of Kingston, Ulster county, New York.  He died November 25, 1906, Ulster County, New York, interred at Wiltwyck Rural Cemetery in the same county.

Charles Lytle LAMBERTON b. 4-Jan-1829, Carlisle, Cumberland Co. PA., occ: N.Y.City Lawyer,1894., m. 28-Sep-1863, in Kingston, Ulster Co., New York, Anna De WITT, b. 3-Apr-1834, Kingston, Ulster Co., NY, (daughter of Jacob Hasbrouck De WITT and Sarah Ann SLEIGHT) d. 17-Feb-1901, buried: Wiltwyck Rural Cem., Kingston,Ulster,NY.  Charles died 25-Nov-1906, New York City, New York County. NY, buried: 27-Nov-1906, Wiltwyck Rural Cem,Kingston,Ulster Co.NY,  (No children), Member, Clarion County Bar Association.
Baptised, First Presbyterian Church, Carlisle