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William A. Stone

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William Alexis Stone April 18, 1846 – March 1, 1920 was the 22nd Governor of Pennsylvania from 1899 to 1903


  • 1 Early life and family
  • 2 Appointments
  • 3 Congress and Pennsylvania Governorship
  • 4 In Memoriam
  • 5 References
  • 6 External links

Early life and familyedit

Mrs Dr Percy D Hickling

Stone was born in Wellsboro, Pennsylvania He was descended from Simon Stone, Jr 1631 - 1708, who was born in Bocking, Essex, England and settled in the Massachusetts Bay Colony1 In 1864, Stone enlisted in the Union Army as a private during the American Civil War, and became a second lieutenant in 18652 He continued his military service after the war in the Pennsylvania National Guard He attended Mansfield State Normal School and taught while studying law

The eldest daughter by his first wife married Dr Percy D Hickling, a prominent physician in Washington DC Dr Hickling was on the Committee of President Cleveland's Inaugural Ball They were both members of the Shakespeare Club of Washington of which Dr Hickling was also President3

Elizabeth B White

Col William A Stone's second wife, Elizabeth B White, was the youngest daughter of Judge RC White, of Wellsboro, Ohio She was connected with one of the oldest and best of Pennsylvania's families Benjamin Franklin's daughter married into the Bach family, of which her mother was descended, and her mother was a cousin of Dr William Carpenter and Dr Mary Carpenter, of London, who, with the Princess Alice, established a Mission School in India Elizabeth White Stone was born in Tioga County She attended school in New York City, where she was graduated at a musical academy They had 4 children, 3 daughters and 1 son3


In 1872, he was appointed as a clerk for the Pennsylvania State House of Representatives Two years later, he ran for his first political office, becoming district attorney of Tioga County In 1876, he was appointed district attorney for the US District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania by President Rutherford B Hayes He held that post until 1886 when he violated President Chester A Arthur's edict for political office-holders not to campaign for political candidates Stone campaigned for James A Beaver, and his removal only increased his popularity

Congress and Pennsylvania Governorshipedit

Stone served four terms in the United States House of Representatives before running for governor in 1898 During his term in office, Pennsylvania's state debt was eliminated, and a new capitol building was commissioned After serving as governor, Stone joined his son in private law practice in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania He also served briefly as prothonotary for the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in 1915

In Memoriamedit

Stone Hall, a residence hall on Penn State's University Park campus is named for Stone


  1. ^ "Simon Stone, Jr" Geni Retrieved September 19, 2015 
  2. ^ Dunaway, Wayland F 1948 A History of Pennsylvania New York, New York: Prentice-Hall, Inc p 469 William A Stoneentered the Union Army as a private in his eighteenth year and in 1865 became second lieutenant  |access-date= requires |url= help
  3. ^ a b Hinman, Ida 1895 The Washington Sketch Book  |access-date= requires |url= help
  • United States Congress "William A Stone id: S000966" Biographical Directory of the United States Congress 
  • The Political Graveyard

External linksedit

  • Biography portal
  • William A Stone at Find a Grave
US House of Representatives
Preceded by
Thomas McKee Bayne
Member of the US House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 23rd congressional district

Succeeded by
William Harrison Graham
Political offices
Preceded by
Daniel H Hastings
Governor of Pennsylvania
Succeeded by
Samuel W Pennypacker
Party political offices
Preceded by
Daniel H Hastings
Republican nominee for Governor of Pennsylvania
Succeeded by
Samuel W Pennypacker

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