Biography of William B. Walling
Erie County, PA Biographies

William Benson Walling, one of the well known and successful attorneys of Erie, is a son of Judge Emory A. and Grace E. (Marshall) Walling. He was born at North East, Feb. 12, 1881.

Judge Emory A. Walling was born in Erie County, June 11, 1854, and is the son of Thomas and Laura Ann (Eliott) Walling. His educational training was obtained in the public schools, Edinboro State Normal School, and the Lake Shore Seminary of North East. In 1878 he successfully took the Pennsylvania bar examination and began professional work in Erie, there gaining a degree of legal prominence and public favor that resulted in his election as district attorney of Erie County. He filled this position from 1881 to 1884, and in the latter year was elected to represent his district in the Pennsylvania State Senate, there serving a four year term, and at its close returning to private practice. From 1897 until 1916 he was President Judge of the Sixth Judicial District Court of Pennsylvania, on Jan. 3, 1916, ascending to the State's highest tribunal, as Judge of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. Judge Walling is a Republican and a member of the Methodist Church.

William Benson Walling was educated in the public schools in Erie and was graduated from Erie High School in 1899. He then entered Stanford University from which he was graduated in 1903. He then read law in the office of T. A. Lamb, Erie, and was admitted to the bar in 1907. He has since engaged in the practice of law in Erie, and his office is located at 25 East 8th Street.

In 1909 Mr. Walling was married to Miss Anna M. Bostwick, of Erie, the daughter of Charles F. and Henrietta (Riblet) Bostwick. The Riblets were one of the pioneer families of Erie County, having settled here in 1806. Mr. and Mrs. Walling have three children: Henrietta, a student at Gridley High School; Ellen, a student at Gridley High School; and Jean Kirkpatrick, who attends kindergarten.

Mr. Walling is a Republican, a member of the University club and belongs to the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. He is secretary of the Optimist club and belongs to the Chamber of Commerce.

History of Erie County, Pennsylvania
By: John Elmer Reed
Historical Publishing Company

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