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William B. McKinley

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William Brown McKinley
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United States Senator
from Illinois
In office
March 4, 1921 – December 7, 1926
Preceded byLawrence Yates Sherman
Succeeded byOtis F. Glenn
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 19th district
In office
March 4, 1915 – March 3, 1921
Preceded byCharles M. Borchers
Succeeded byAllen F. Moore
In office
March 4, 1905 – March 3, 1913
Preceded byVespasian Warner
Succeeded byCharles M. Borchers
Personal details
Born(1856-09-05)September 5, 1856
Petersburg, Illinois, U.S.
DiedDecember 7, 1926(1926-12-07) (aged 70)
Martinsville, Indiana, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Alma materUniversity of Illinois

William Brown McKinley (September 5, 1856 – December 7, 1926) was a U.S. Representative (1905–1913, 1915–1921) and United States Senator (1921–1926) from the State of Illinois. A member of the Republican Party, he was born near Petersburg, Illinois.


After attending the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for two years, in around 1875 McKinley worked as a drug-store clerk in Springfield. He soon returned to Champaign to become a banker, specializing in farm mortgages.[1] He entered politics in 1902, being elected a trustee of the University of Illinois. McKinley ran for the U.S. House of Representatives in 1904, winning his first of four consecutive terms. He lost re-election to the House in 1912.[2] His re-election loss coincided with his service as national campaign manager for incumbent President William H. Taft, who also lost in 1912.[3]

Voters in 1914 returned McKinley to the U.S. House,[4] where he served from 1915 until 1921. In 1920, McKinley was elected to the U.S. Senate, taking office in 1921. In 1926, he ran for re-election and lost to Frank L. Smith (who ultimately was denied the seat by the Senate on the grounds of fraud and corruption in his campaign).[5]

McKinley also was chief executive of the Illinois Traction System, an interurban electric railway. The McKinley Bridge between Venice, Illinois and St. Louis, Missouri was named for him. The McKinley Health Center at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is also named for him. McKinley died aged 70 in Martinsville, Indiana.

See also


  1. ^ Friedman Jr., H. George. "Twin Cities Traction". University of Illinois. Retrieved 9 April 2021.
  2. ^ "McKinley Says He Expected Defeat". The Detroit Times. 8 November 1912. Retrieved 9 April 2021.
  3. ^ "McKinley's Choice Means Old Guard Control of G.O.P." The Washington Times. 9 February 1912. Retrieved 10 April 2021.
  4. ^ "Illinois Vote Gives Neither Much Leeway". The Washington Herald. 5 November 1914. Retrieved 9 April 2021.
  5. ^ "The Election Case of Frank L. Smith of Illinois (1928)". United States Senate. Retrieved 9 April 2021.

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Party political offices
Preceded by
Lawrence Yates Sherman
Republican nominee for U.S. Senator from Illinois
(Class 3)

Succeeded by
Frank L. Smith
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Vespasian Warner
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 19th congressional district

Succeeded by
Charles M. Borchers
Preceded by
Charles M. Borchers
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 19th congressional district

Succeeded by
Allen F. Moore
U.S. Senate
Preceded by
Lawrence Yates Sherman
 U.S. senator (Class 3) from Illinois
Served alongside: Joseph M. McCormick, Charles S. Deneen
Succeeded by
Frank L. Smith (not allowed to take his seat)
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