Library of Congress
DEBOE, William Joseph (1849-1927)
Senate Years of Service: 1897-1903

DEBOE, WILLIAM JOSEPH, a Senator from Kentucky; born in Crittenden County, Ky., June 30, 1849; attended the public schools and Ewing College, Illinois; studied law and medicine; graduated from the medical department of the University of Louisville and practiced a few years, when his health failed; renewed the study of law; admitted to the bar in 1889 and commenced practice in Marion, Crittenden County, Ky.; served as superintendent of schools of Crittenden County; unsuccessful candidate for election in 1892 to the Fifty-third Congress; member, State senate 1893-1898; elected as a Republican to the United States Senate and served from March 4, 1897, to March 3, 1903; was not a candidate for renomination in 1902; chairman, Committee on Indian Depredations (Fifty-sixth Congress), Committee to Establish the University of the United States (Fifty-seventh Congress); engaged in mining; postmaster of Marion 1923-1927; died in Marion, Crittenden County, Ky., on June 15, 1927; interment in Maple View Cemetery.

Filson Club Historical Society
Louisville, KY
Papers: 2 letters (1902); and correspondence in Louisville mayors records, 1870-1909. Finding aid.

Kentucky Historical Society
Frankfort, KY
Papers: 1 announcement of a reception for Deboe (1897) in Wheeler-McDonald collection; and photographs.

University of Kentucky Libraries
Special Collections and Archives
Lexington, KY
Papers: 4 items (1889-1899) in various collections.