Ex-Governor William M. Stone

Des Moines, Iowa. July 18. - Special Telegram. Ex-Governor William M. Stone died at Oklahoma City today, and his remains will be shipped to Knoxville, Iowa, for interment.

He was born in Lewis county, New York, and was in his 64th year. At the outbreak of the rebellion he was a district judge, holding court at Sigourney. He adjourned court and wrote on the docket, "This court is adjourned till after the close of the war."

He became a major of the Third Iowa infantry and afterward colonel of the Twenty-second Iowa.

In 1863 he was elected Governor and re-elected in 1865. Under President Harrison he served as commissioner of the Land office. He resigned in April and joined his son in Oklahoma City in the practice of law. He was a brilliant campaign orator and prominent in Masonic circles.

(Source: Inter Ocean, 19 July 1893)
Submitted By: Cathy Danielson


Ex-Governor William M. Stone

Des Moines, Ia., July 18. - Ex-Governor William M. Stone of Iowa died this morning at Oklahoma City, O. T., and will be buried at Knoxville, Ia. Friday.

He was colonel of the Twenty second Iowa Infantry during the early part of the war. Resigned his commission in 1863, came home and was elected governor that year and re-elected in 1865. In 1880? he was appointed assistant commissioner of the general land office and succeeded Thomas P. Carter as commissioner in 18_4. He was a leading republican politician in Iowa for more than thirty years.

(Source: Omaha World Herald, Omaha, Nebraska, 19 July 1893)
Submitted By: Cathy Danielson

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Ex-Governor William M. Stone

Ex-governor William M. Stone died at his home in Oklahoma on the 18th day of July last, at the age of 66.

He was a native of Ohio, and came to Iowa in 1854, settling at Knoxville, where he entered upon the practice of the law. In October, 1855, he established the Knoxville Journal, and became its editor. He was a delegate from Marion county to the convention which assembled at Iowa City (then the capital of the State), on the 22d of February, 1856, and organized the Republican party in Iowa. He was nominated by that convention for Presidential Elector, and was elected in November following. In 1857 he was chosen District Judge, and under the new constitution which took effect the next year was elected Judge of the new Sixth District.

When the Rebellion broke out in 1861, he raised a company which went into the Third Iowa Infantry, of which regiment Captain Stone was appointed Major. He was taken prisoner by the Confederates at the battle of Shiloh, and was held at Richmond several months. Soon after he was released by exchange, Governor Kirk wood appointed him Colonel of the 22d Infantry. He was slightly wounded at one of the battles before Vicksburg, in 1863 and came home on furlough.

He attended the Republican State Convention, made an eloquent war speech (with his arm in a sling), the night before the ballot was taken for a candidate for Governor, where most of the delegates were present. A warm contest had been going on for months between the supporters of General Fitz Henry Warren and Elijah Sells. But the thrilling eloquence of the wounded soldier in blue, captured a majority of the delegates, and Colonel William M. Stone was nominated for Governor. He was elected over General J. M. Tuttle, the Democratic candidate, by a majority of nearly 30,000. He was re-elected in 1865 over Colonel Thomas H. Benton by a majority of about 17,000. In 1888 Governor Stone was chosen Presidential Elector over Judge Grant of Davenport, who had been his competitor for the same position in 1856. In 1889, Governor Stone was appointed Assistant Commissioner of the General Land Office at Washington, and near the close of President Harrison's term, was promoted to Commissioner.

Upon retiring from that position he settled in Oklahoma, where he resided at the time of his death. He leaves a widow, Caroline M., a daughter of the late Professor James Matthews of Knoxville.

[Annals of Iowa, October 1893, submitted by Cathy Danielson]