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 graduating from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, McKinley became a drug clerk in Springfield. He returned to Champaign to become a banker. In 1902, he was elected a trustee of the university. McKinley ran for the U.S. House of Representatives in 1905, winning his first of four consecutive terms. In 1913, he ran for the U.S. Senate against Lawrence Yates Sherman and lost.

He ran for Congress again in 1914 and won, serving from 1915 until 1921. In 1920, McKinley ran against Sherman for the Senate, this time winning. 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).

McKinley was also chief executive of the Illinois Traction System. 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.

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  • United States Congress. "William B. McKinley (id: M000521)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
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)