William J. Stone

William Joel Stone ( born May 7, 1848 Madison County, Kentucky, † April 14, 1918 in Washington DC ) was an American politician and from 1893 to 1897 the 28th Governor of Missouri. This State, he also represented in both houses of Congress.

Early years

William Stone attended the public schools in Richmond. Then he studied until 1867 at the University of Missouri. After a subsequent law degree, he was admitted in 1869 as a lawyer. Then he began to practice in this profession in Bedford (Indiana). Already in 1870 he moved to Columbia, Missouri. There he initially continued his legal career. Between 1872 and 1874 he was a prosecutor in Vernon County. William Stone was married to Sarah Louise Winston, with whom he had three children.

Political career

As a member of the Democratic Party Stone was one of the electors in the presidential election in 1876. Between 1885 and 1891 he represented his state in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington.

On 8 November 1892 he was elected as the new governor of Missouri; He took office on January 9, 1893. His tenure was an economic depression, with their consequences, the government of the governor had to deal. In 1896 he was elected to the Democratic National Committee, where he remained until 1904. From 1900 to 1904 he was Deputy National Chairman of the Democratic Party. At the same time he worked as a lawyer.

From 1903 until his death in 1918, Stone was a member of the U.S. Senate. There he was a member of several committees. He was one of six U.S. senators who voted in 1917 against the entry of the United States in the First World War.