Library of Congress
STONE, William Joel (1848-1918)

STONE, WILLIAM JOEL, a Representative and a Senator from Missouri; born near Richmond, Madison County, Ky., May 7, 1848; attended the public schools of Richmond, Ky.; graduated from the University of Missouri at Columbia in 1867; studied law; admitted to the bar in 1869 and commenced practice in Bedford, Ind.; moved to Columbia, Mo., where he was city attorney for a few months in 1870, and later in the same year moved to Nevada, Mo., and continued the practice of law; prosecuting attorney of Vernon County, Mo., 1873-1874; presidential elector on the Democratic ticket in 1876; elected as a Democrat to the Forty-ninth, Fiftieth, and Fifty-first Congresses (March 4, 1885-March 3, 1891); was not a candidate for renomination in 1890; chairman, Committee on War Claims (Fiftieth Congress); Governor of Missouri 1893-1897; moved to Jefferson City, Mo., in 1893; member of the Democratic National Committee 1896-1904, serving as vice chairman 1900-1904; moved to St. Louis in 1897 and continued the practice of law; returned to Jefferson City in 1903; elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate in 1902; reelected in 1908 and 1914 and served from March 4, 1903, until his death; chairman, Committee on Additional Accommodations for the Library (Sixty-second Congress), Committee on Revolutionary Claims (Sixty-second Congress), Committee on Corporations Organized in the District of Columbia (Sixty-second Congress), Committee on Foreign Relations (Sixty-third through Sixty-fifth Congresses), Committee on Indian Affairs (Sixty-third Congress); died in Washington, D.C., April 14, 1918; interment in Deepwood Cemetery, Nevada, Vernon County, Mo.

University of Missouri
Western Historical Manuscript Collections
Columbia, MO
Papers: 1878-1935. 114 folders and 1 volume. Gubernatorial and senatorial correspondence, financial records, newspaper clippings, and scrapbook relating to his senatorial career, World War I, and Indian affairs. Finding aid.

Missouri Historical Society
St. Louis, MO
Papers: 1888-1919. Ca. 76 items. Also photographs.

Missouri State Archives
Jefferson City, MO
Papers: Miscellaneous correspondence in various collections.

Syracuse University
George Arents Research Library
Syracuse, NY
Papers: In Levi P. Morton correspondence, 1860-1912.

  • Stone, William J. "Effect of Preparedness Upon America's Influence and Power.'' Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 66 (July 1916): 125-29.
  • Towne, Ruth Warner. Senator William J. Stone and the Politics of Compromise. Port Washington, NY: Kennikat Press, 1979.
  • U.S. Congress. William Joel Stone (Late a Senator from Missouri). 65th Cong., 3d sess., 1918-1919. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1919.