Hon. William Augustus Atlee
Hon. William Augustus Atlee was born at Philadelphia, July 1, 1735. He moved to Lancaster at a early age, and was admitted to the Lancaster bar in 1758 and to the York bar the next year, on the 24th of July. Mr. Atlee practiced in Lancaster until August 16, 1777, when he was appointed a judge of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. In 1791, under the new constitution, he was appointed president judge of the Second District. The first court held by him in York County was on the 31st of October of that year. In 1739, Judge Atlee contracted the yellow fever in Philadelphia while attending court, and died at his seat near Wright’s ferry on the Susquehanna on the 10th of September. He is described “as a prominent citizen and an active and leading Whig during the Revolution.” The high positions he held sufficiently indicate his character.
Taken from the book, “History of York County, Illustrated 1886” by John Gibson, Historical Editor