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William Joseph Deboe

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William Joseph DeBoe
A man with receding, black hair and a thick, black mustache wearing a black jacket and tie and white shirt
United States Senator
from Kentucky
In office
March 4, 1897 – March 4, 1903
Preceded byJoseph C.S. Blackburn
Succeeded byJames B. McCreary
Member of the Kentucky Senate
In office
Personal details
Born(1849-06-30)June 30, 1849
Crittenden County, Kentucky
DiedJune 15, 1927(1927-06-15) (aged 77)
Marion, Kentucky
Political partyRepublican
W. J. DeBoe, M.D.

William Joseph DeBoe (June 30, 1849 – June 15, 1927) was a U.S. Senator representing Kentucky from 1897 to 1903.

Early life

Mrs William Joseph Deboe
Mrs William Joseph Deboe

Born in Crittenden County, Kentucky, DeBoe attended Ewing College in Illinois, studying both law and medicine. He graduated from the University of Louisville School of Medicine and practiced for a few years. The then renewed the study of law and was admitted to the bar in 1889. He practiced law in Marion, Kentucky (Crittenden County).


DeBoe served as superintendent of schools of Crittenden County. He then ran an unsuccessful candidacy for election in 1892 to Congress. He served as a member of the Kentucky State Senate from 1893 to 1898. He was afterward elected as a Republican to the United States Senate and served from March 4, 1897, to March 3, 1903. He was not a candidate for renomination in 1902.

While in the Senate, DeBoe served as chairman to the Committee on Indian Depredations and the Committee to Establish the University of the United States. He was a delegate from Kentucky to the 1912 Republican National Convention. Ten years later he served as the postmaster of Marion, Kentucky from 1923 to 1927. He died in Marion and was interred in Maple View Cemetery.


  • United States Congress. "William Joseph Deboe (id: D000182)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  • Political Graveyard
U.S. Senate
Preceded by  U.S. senator (Class 3) from Kentucky
Served alongside: William Lindsay, Joseph C. S. Blackburn
Succeeded by

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