William M. Lanning

William Mershon Lanning ( born January 1, 1849 in Ewingville, Mercer County, New Jersey, † February 16, 1912 in Trenton, New Jersey) was an American lawyer and politician. In the years 1903 and 1904 he represented the State of New Jersey in the U.S. House of Representatives.


William Lanning attended the Lawrenceville School until 1866. Between 1866 and 1880 he worked as a teacher in public schools in Mercer County as well as at the Trenton Academy. After studying law and his 1880 was admitted to the bar he began to work in Trenton in this profession. In 1884, he was the legal representative of the city. Between 1887 and 1891 served as a municipal judge in Trenton Lanning. At the same time he began a political career as a member of the Republican Party. In 1894, he was both a member of a commission to revise the state constitution as well as a meeting on the revision of the municipal legislation of Trenton. In 1899 he became president of the Mechanics' National Bank of Trenton.

In the congressional elections of 1902 Lanning was in the fourth electoral district of New Jersey in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of De Witt C. Flanagan on March 4, 1903. This mandate he held until his resignation on June 6, 1904. His resignation came after he had been appointed as successor to the late Andrew Kirkpatrick judge at the Federal District Court for New Jersey. This post he held until 1909; after which he was a judge at the Federal Court of Appeals for the Third Judicial District. William Lanning died on 16 February 1912 in Trenton.