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William Graham Sesler
Member of the Pennsylvania Senate
from the 49th district

In office
January 1, 1961 – November 30, 1972
Preceded by C. Arthur Blass
Succeeded by Quentin Orlando
Constituency Part of Erie County
Personal details
Born (1928-04-18)April 18, 1928[1]
Uniontown, Pennsylvania, US[1]
Died May 22, 2017(2017-05-22) (aged 89)
Erie, Pennsylvania, US
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Cecily P. Sesler
Children 3
Residence Erie, Pennsylvania
Alma mater University of Michigan
Occupation Attorney
Military service
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Air Force
Years of service Korean War
Rank First Lieutenant

William Graham Sesler (April 18, 1928 – May 22, 2017) was a former Democratic member of the Pennsylvania State Senate, serving from 1961 to 1972.[2] He was an unsuccessful candidate in the 1970 United States Senate election in Pennsylvania against Hugh Scott.[3][4]


Born in 1928 to Frederick A. Sesler and Pauline Dixson, Sesler was the youngest of three boys, an older brother, Frederick D. Sesler, and a twin, Thomas R. Sesler. He went to Academy High School.

He attended Kenyon College and joined the United States Air Force during the Korean War.[1] He became a first lieutenant. After serving in the Air Force, he went to University of Michigan Law School.[5]

William worked as an attorney with the firm Sesler & Sesler.[5] He died on May 22, 2017.[6]


Unrecognised parameter
Preceded by
C. Arthur Blass
Member of the Pennsylvania Senate for the 49th District
Succeeded by
Quentin Orlando
Party political offices
Preceded by
Genevieve Blatt
Democratic nominee for U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania
(Class 1)

Succeeded by
Bill Green

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