University of Illinois
McKINLEY, William Brown (1856-1926)
Senate Years of Service: 1921-1926

MCKINLEY, WILLIAM BROWN, a Representative and a Senator from Illinois; born in Petersburg, Menard County, Ill., September 5, 1856; attended the common schools and the University of Illinois at Urbana; employed as a drug clerk in Springfield, Ill.; engaged in banking in Champaign, Ill., and also in the building and operation of public utilities and bridges; elected a trustee of the University of Illinois 1902-1905; philanthropist; elected as a Republican to the Fifty-ninth and to the three succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1905-March 3, 1913); was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1912 to the Sixty-third Congress; chairman, Committee on Coinage, Weights and Measures (Sixtieth and Sixty-first Congresses); again elected to the Sixty-fourth, Sixty-fifth, and Sixty-sixth Congresses (March 4, 1915-March 3, 1921); was not a candidate for reelection, having become a candidate for Senator; elected as a Republican to the United States Senate in 1920 and served from March 4, 1921, until his death; unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1926; chairman, Committee on Manufactures (Sixty-ninth Congress); died in Martinsville, Morgan County, Ind., on December 7, 1926; interment in Mount Hope Cemetery, Champaign, Ill.

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
Springfield, IL
Papers: Correspondence in Lawrence Yates Sherman papers, 1880-1936.

Knox College
Seymour Library
Galesburg, IL
Papers: 1 letter (September 2, 1925) in Seymour autograph collection, 1750-1945.

Syracuse University
George Arents Research Library
Syracuse, NY
Papers: 1906-1920. 30 linear feet. Correspondence, political records, legislative documents, petitions, photographs, scrapbooks, and printed matter relating to his political career, especially as director of Taft's 1912 presidential campaign, the proposed Pan American Congress of 1906, tariff debates, judicial reform, and concerns of his Illinois constituency. Finding aid.

University of Illinois
Illinois Historical Survey
Urbana, IL
Papers: Correspondence in Edmund J. James letterbooks, 1904-1906.

University of Tulsa
McFarlin Library
Tulsa, OK
Papers: 1 letter in Alice Robertson papers, 1820-1931.

  • U.S. Congress. William B. McKinley: Memorial Addresses Delivered in the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States in Memory of William B. McKinley, Late a Senator from Illinois. 69th Cong., 2d sess., 1926-1927. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1927.