William Claiborne Owens

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William Claiborne Owens
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Kentucky's 7th district
In office
March 4, 1895 – March 3, 1897
Preceded byWilliam Campbell Preston Breckinridge
Succeeded byEvan E. Settle
Member of the Kentucky House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
Born(1849-10-17)October 17, 1849
Scott County, Kentucky
DiedNovember 18, 1925(1925-11-18) (aged 76)
Louisville, Kentucky
Resting placeGeorgetown Cemetery
Political partyDemocrat
Alma materColumbia Law School
Military service
AllegianceUnited States of America
Branch/serviceKentucky volunteers
UnitSecond Regiment
Battles/warsSpanish–American War

William Claiborne Owens (October 17, 1849 – November 18, 1925) was a U.S. Representative from Kentucky.

Born near Georgetown, Kentucky, Owens attended the common schools, also Kentucky Wesleyan College, Millersburg, Kentucky, Transylvania University, Lexington, Kentucky, and was graduated from Columbia Law School, New York City, in 1872. He was admitted to the bar in the same year and commenced practice in Georgetown, Kentucky. He served as prosecuting attorney for Scott County, Kentucky from 1874 to 1877, when he resigned. He served as member of the Kentucky House of Representatives 1877–1887 and served as speaker in 1882 and 1883. He served as delegate to the 1892 Democratic National Convention.

Owens was elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-fourth Congress (March 4, 1895 – March 3, 1897). He was not a candidate for renomination in 1896. He became affiliated with the Republican Party in 1896. Major in the Second Regiment, Kentucky Volunteers, during the Spanish–American War in 1898. He moved to Louisville, Kentucky, in 1900 and resumed the practice of law. He died in Louisville, Kentucky, November 18, 1925. He was interred in Georgetown Cemetery, Georgetown, Kentucky.


  • United States Congress. "William Claiborne Owens (id: O000161)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Joseph C. S. Blackburn
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Kentucky's 7th congressional district

Succeeded by
William C. Owens