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William Alexis Stone

Birthdate: (74)
Birthplace: Wellsboro, Pennsylvania
Death: 1920 (74)
Immediate Family:

Son of Israel Stone and Amanda Stone
Husband of Ellen Stone and Elizabeth B Stone
Father of Judge Stephen W Stone

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About William A. Stone, Governor


William Alexis Stone (April 18, 1846 – March 1, 1920) was the 22nd Governor of Pennsylvania from 1899 to 1903.

Early life

Stone was born in Wellsboro, Pennsylvania. In 1864, Stone enlisted in the Union Army as a private during the American Civil War, and became a second lieutenant in 1865. He continued his military service after the war in the Pennsylvania National Guard. He attended Mansfield State Normal School and taught while studying law.


In 1872, he was appointed as a clerk for the Pennsylvania State House of Representatives and was later appointed district attorney for western Pennsylvania by President Rutherford B. Hayes. He held that post until 1886 when he violated President Chester A. Arthur's edict for political office-holders not to campaign for political candidates. Stone campaigned for James A. Beaver, and his removal only increased his popularity.

Congress and Pennsylvania Governorship

He served four terms in the United States House of Representatives before running for governor in 1898. During his term in office, Pennsylvania's state debt was eliminated, and a new capitol building was commissioned. After serving as governor, Stone joined his son in private law practice in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he died at age 73.

In Memoriam

Stone Hall, a residence hall on Penn State's University Park campus is named for Stone.

William Stone enlisted in Company A, Pennsylvania 187th Infantry Regiment on 25 Feb 1864. Promoted to Full 1st Sergeant on 14 Apr 1865. Promoted to Full 2nd Lieutenant on 10 Mar 1865. Mustered out on 03 Aug 1865 at Harrisburg, PA.

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William A. Stone, Governor's Timeline

Wellsboro, Pennsylvania
Age 27
Age 74