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Wiliam Henry Stanton


Session Position District Party
1875 20 Democrat
 Counties   Luzerne


1843 - 1900

STANTON, William Henry, a Representative from Pennsylvania; born in New York City July 28, 1843; moved with his parents to Carbondale, Pa., and subsequently to Archbald, Pa.; attended the public schools in Archbald and St. John’s College, near Montrose, Pa.; studied law; was admitted to the bar in Scranton, Pa., in 1868 and commenced practice in that city; prosecuting attorney of the mayor’s court of Scranton 1872-1874; served in the State senate in 1875 and 1876; elected as a Democrat to the Forty-fourth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Winthrop W. Ketchum and served from November 7, 1876, to March 3, 1877; was not a candidate for election to the Forty-fifth Congress; elected judge of the Luzerne County Court of Common Pleas in 1877; served with Judges Harding and Handley at the organization of the courts of the newly created county of Lackawanna October 24, 1878; resigned in 1879; resumed the practice of law in Scranton, Pa., and died there March 28, 1900; interment in West Side Catholic Cemetery.
In 1877 he was elected Judge of the Luzerne County Court and served until 1878, when he became Judge in newly created Lackawanna County. Stanton resigned in 1879 after Democratic opponents instituted impeachment proceedings in retaliation for an unfavorable ruling. He then became a leader of the reform Greenback and Labor movements. In 1883 he relocated, first to Arkansas, and then to Kansas City. Stanton was the subject of nationwide news in 1884 while he was in Scranton planning to run for Judge and his wife took their money, deserted their children and disappeared from Kansas City. This event was apparently caused by a temporary nervous breakdown, and the family was later reunited and returned to Scranton, where Stanton resumed practicing law. (bio by: Bill McKern) Findagrave.com
He married Anna Allen of Scranton.