Lucking was born in Ingersoll, Ontario, Canada and moved with his parents to Ypsilanti, Michigan in 1858 where he attended public schools, the Ypsilanti High School, and the Michigan State Normal College (now Eastern Michigan University). He graduated from the University of Michigan Law School in Ann Arbor in 1878. He was admitted to the bar the same year and practiced in Jackson, Michigan. He moved to Detroit, Michigan in 1880 and continued the practice of law.
Lucking was temporary chairman of the Democratic State Convention in 1900 and was both temporary and permanent chairman of the State conventions in 1902, 1908, and 1924. He was permanent chairman in 1928.
In 1902, Lucking defeated incumbent Republican John Blaisdell Corliss to be elected as a Democrat from Michigan's 1st congressional district to the Fifty-eighth Congress, serving from March 4, 1903 until March 3, 1905.
Lucking was an unsuccessful candidate for re-election in 1904 to the Fifty-ninth Congress and resumed the practice of law in Detroit. He was an unsuccessful candidate for election to the United States Senate in 1912. He later became general counsel for the Ford Motor Company and the Henry Ford interests from 1914 to 1923. He also served as president of the Detroit-Vancouver Timber Co. He was a delegate to the 1924 Democratic National Convention.
Lucking died in Detroit and was interred in Woodlawn Cemetery.
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|United States House of Representatives|
John B. Corliss
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Michigan's 1st congressional district
March 4, 1903 – March 3, 1905