Winthrop Welles Ketcham

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Winthrop Welles Ketcham (sometimes spelled Ketchum, June 29, 1820 – December 6, 1879) was a United States representative from Pennsylvania and a United States district judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania.

Winthrop Welles Ketcham
Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
In office
June 26, 1876 – December 6, 1879
Appointed byUlysses S. Grant
Preceded byWilson McCandless
Succeeded byMarcus W. Acheson
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 12th district
In office
March 4, 1875 – July 19, 1876
Preceded byLazarus Denison Shoemaker
Succeeded byWilliam Henry Stanton
Member of the Pennsylvania Senate for the 10th district
In office
Preceded byJames H. Walton
Succeeded byHowkin B. Beardslee
Personal details
Winthrop Welles Ketcham

(1820-06-29)June 29, 1820
Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, US
DiedDecember 6, 1879(1879-12-06) (aged 59)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, US
Resting placeHollenback Cemetery, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
Political partyWhig (until 1854)
Republican (from 1854)
Educationread law

Education and career


Born on June 29, 1820, in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania,[1] Ketcham pursued classical studies.[2] He was an instructor at Wyoming Seminary in Kingston, Pennsylvania from 1844 to 1847, and at Girard College in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1848 and 1849.[3][2] He read law in the offices of Lazarus Denison Shoemaker and Charles Denison and was admitted to the bar January 8, 1850.[4][2] He entered private practice in Wilkes-Barre from 1850 to 1855.[1] Ketcham became a Republican when that party was first organized in 1854, having been a Whig prior to that time.[5] He was prothonotary for Luzerne County, Pennsylvania from 1855 to 1858.[1] He was a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in 1858.[1] He was a member of the Pennsylvania State Senate for the 10th district from 1859 to 1861.[6][1] He was a delegate to the 1860 and 1864 Republican National Conventions.[2] He resumed private practice in Wilkes-Barre from 1861 to 1863.[1] He was an unsuccessful candidate for election in 1864 to the 39th United States Congress.[2] He was solicitor for the Court of Claims from 1864 to 1866.[1] He again resumed private practice in Wilkes-Barre from 1867 to 1873.[1] In 1868, he was a presidential elector from Pennsylvania, and cast his vote for Ulysses S. Grant.[5] In 1866, 1869, and 1872, he received votes in the Republican state conventions for the office of Governor of Pennsylvania.[5]

Congressional service


Ketcham was elected as a Republican from Pennsylvania's 12th congressional district to the United States House of Representatives of the 44th United States Congress and served from March 4, 1875, until July 19, 1876, when he resigned to accept a federal judicial appointment.[2]

Federal judicial service


Ketcham was nominated by President Ulysses S. Grant on June 7, 1876, to a seat on the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania vacated by Judge Wilson McCandless.[1] He was confirmed by the United States Senate on June 26, 1876, and received his commission the same day.[1] His service terminated on December 6, 1879, due to his death in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.[1] He was interred in Hollenback Cemetery in Wilkes-Barre.[2]



Ketcham's father, Lewis N. Ketcham, was a painter and cabinet-maker. At an early age Ketcham assisted his father in painting buildings in the city and lock-houses along the canal.[5] In 1846, he married Sarah Urquhart, with whom he had a daughter, Ella, and a son, J. Marshall.[5]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Winthrop Welles Ketcham at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g United States Congress. "Winthrop Welles KETCHUM (id: K000154)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  3. ^ "Winthrop Welles Ketcham". Retrieved 18 March 2019.
  4. ^ Kulp, Geo. B. (1890). Families of the Wyoming Valley: Biographical, Genealogical, and Historical. Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania: E.B. Yordy Printer. p. 1240. Retrieved 18 March 2019. winthrop welles ketcham.
  5. ^ a b c d e Kulp, George B. (1879). Death of Winthrop Welles Ketcham. Wilkes-Barre, PA: The Luzerne Legal Register - Volume VIII. pp. 301–303. Retrieved 21 March 2019.
  6. ^ "Pennsylvania State Senate - Winthrop W Ketcham Biography". Retrieved 17 March 2019.


Pennsylvania State Senate
Preceded by
James H. Walton
Member of the Pennsylvania State Senate, 10th district
Succeeded by
Howkin B. Beardslee
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 12th congressional district

Succeeded by
Legal offices
Preceded by Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
Succeeded by