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Brenckman, Fred  History of Carbon County, Pennsylvania.  Harrisburg, Pa.: James J. Hungesser, Publisher, 1913.


Sessions Office Position District Party
1851 Representative Democrat
1852 Representative Democrat
Counties Carbon, Lehigh


06/03/1821 - 12/01/1893

LILLY, William, a Representative from Carbon and Lehigh Counties; born, June 3, 1821 in Penn Yan, Yates County, NY; brigadier general. Carbon County Militia (1842-1847); conductor and coal shipping agent, Beaver Meadow Railroad; proprietor, Lentz, Lilly and Company, coal dealers; member, L.A. Reilly and Company, coal dealers; director, East Broad Top Railroad Company; director, Highland Coal Company; director, Union Improvement Company; director, Andover Iron Company; president, Lehigh Emery Wheel Company; president, Carbon Metallic Paint Company; elected as a Democrat to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for the 1851 and 1852 terms; not a candidate for reelection to the House for the 1853 term; assistant United States marshal (1862); elected, delegate, State Republican Convention (1866, 1870, 1872, 1878, 1882, 1886, 1890); elected, delegate, Republican National Convention (1864, 1868, 1872, 1876, 1880, 1884); unsuccessful campaign, Pennsylvania Governor (1868); elected, delegate-at-large, Pennsylvania Constitutional Convention (1872-1873); director, First National Bank of Mauch Chunk; director, Second National Bank of Mauch Chunk; director, First National Bank of Shenandoah; trustee and board president, Miners’ Hospital, Ashland (1884-1893); elected, United States Congress (1893); died, December 1, 1893 in Mauch Chunk, Carbon County, Pennsylvania; interred, Mauch Chunk Cemetery, Jim Thorpe, Carbon County, Pennsylvania. 

Congressional Biography

After 2 session(s) serving in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, William Lilly, Jr. went on to serve in congress