William A. McKeighan

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William A. McKeighan
William A. McKeighan (Nebraska Congressman).jpg
Lincoln Evening Call, January 4, 1891
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Nebraska's 5th district
In office
March 4, 1893 – March 3, 1895
Preceded byDistrict created
Succeeded byWilliam E. Andrews
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Nebraska's 2nd district
In office
March 4, 1891 – March 3, 1893
Preceded byGilbert L. Laws
Succeeded byDavid Henry Mercer
Personal details
Born(1842-01-19)January 19, 1842
Millville, New Jersey
DiedDecember 15, 1895(1895-12-15) (aged 53)
Hastings, Nebraska
Political partyPopulist

William Arthur McKeighan (January 19, 1842 – December 15, 1895) was an American politician.

McKeighan was born in Millville, New Jersey. He moved with his parents to Fulton County, Illinois in 1848. He enlisted in the 11th Regiment Illinois Volunteer Cavalry, in September 1861, to fight in the Civil War. When the war ended he was stationed on a farm near Pontiac, Illinois. He decided to take up farming. He moved to Nebraska in 1880 and continued farming near Red Cloud, Nebraska.

McKeighan started to take interest in creating the Farmers' Alliance and was elected Probate Judge of Webster County from 1885 to 1887. He ran unsuccessfully for U.S. Representative in the 1888 election. He ran and won the 2nd district seat in 1890. Following the results of the 1890 census being apportioned, McKeighan ran for the newly created 5th district in 1892 and won again. He ran and lost for reelection in 1894, and died in Hastings, Nebraska on December 15, 1895. He is interred in Red Cloud Cemetery, Red Cloud, Nebraska


  1. "McKeighan, William Arthur". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved January 14, 2006.
  2. "McKeighan, William Arthur". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved January 14, 2006.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Gilbert L. Laws (R)
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Nebraska's 2nd congressional district

March 4, 1891 – March 3, 1893
Succeeded by
David Henry Mercer (R)
Preceded by
Seat created
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Nebraska's 5th congressional district

March 4, 1893 – March 3, 1895
Succeeded by
William E. Andrews (R)