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William Harriman Neville

Birthplace: Nashville, Illinois
Death: Died in Douglas, Arizona
Place of Burial: North Platte Cemetery North Platte Lincoln County Nebraska
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Son of Harvey Neville, Sr and Aly Neville
Husband of Mary Ann Neville and Irene Morrison Neville
Father of Gov. M. Keith Neville; William Rector Neville; Irene Theckla Neville and <private> NEVILLE
Brother of John NEVILLE; Harvey NEVILLE, Jr; Milinda NEVILLE; James NEVILLE; Joseph NEVILLE and 1 other

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About William Neville, U.S. Congress


US Congressman. Elected to represent Nebraska's 6th District in the United States House of Representatives, serving from 1899 to 1903. Also served as a Member of the Nebraska State Legislature, and State Court Judge.




US Congressman. Representative from Nebraska. Civil War Vet. In 1851 he moved with his parents to Chester, Randolph County, and attended the public schools there. He later attended McKendree College in Lebanon, Ill. He served in the Federal Army during the Civil War as second sergeant in Company H, One Hundred and Forty-second Regiment, Illinois Volunteer Infantry in 1864-65. After the war he studied law and was admitted to the bar in Chester, Illinois in 1874. He was a member of the Illinois House of Representatives in 1872 and moved to Nebraska in May 1874 and became a member of the Nebraska House of Representatives in 1876. He practiced law in both Omaha and North Platte, Nebraska. He moved to North Platte, Nebraska, April 1877 where he married Mary Ann "Mollie" Keith in 1882. William and Mollie had one son, Morell Keith Neville, who was born in 1884. Mollie died of "child bed fever" shortly after giving birth to their son, who would become Governor of Nebraska in 1917. William continued the practice of law, and married secondly in 1886, to Irene Morrison Rector, granddaughter of General Pitcairn Morrison. William Neville was an unsuccessful candidate for election in 1884 to the Forty-ninth Congress. He was judge of the thirteenth judicial district 1891-1895. He was elected judge of the Nebraska supreme court in 1896, but as the amendment of the constitution providing for an increased court did not pass, he did not take his seat. William was elected as a Populist to the Fifty-sixth Congress of the United States to fill the vacancy caused by the death of William L. Greene and was re-elected to the Fifty-seventh Congress and served from December 4, 1899, to March 3, 1903. He was not a candidate for renomination in 1902 so resumed the practice of law and moved to Douglas, Arizona in 1903. He was a member of the Arizona House of Representatives in 1905. William and Bird Segle McGuire were first cousins.

Taken from; A 370-YEAR HISTORY OF ONE NEVILLE FAMILY (1612 - 1982) 1988, by Joseph B. Neville, 2624 E. Southern Ave., C-213, Tempe, AZ 85282.

William Neville; 12/29/1843 - 4/5/1909 is entitled to very special appreciation from all of us for his having engaged in 1902 a professional genealogist to research his family. William Neville was a United States Congressman from Nebraska at the time, and William Fletcher Boogher was a District of Columbia genealogist. Volume I of WHO WAS WHO IN AMERICA covering the years 1897 to 1942 contains the following sketch:

Neville, William, lawyer; b. Washington County, Ill., Dec. 29, 1843; s. Capt. Harvey and Aly (Harriman) N.; ed. McKendree Coll., Lebanon, Ill.; sergt. Co. H, 142d Ill. inf. in Civil War; Mem. Ill legislature, 1872; removed to Neb. 1874; mem. Neb. legislature U.S. Land Office, North Platte, Neb., 1885-90; m. Mary Ann Keith 1882 (died 1884); m 2d Irene Morrison Rector, 1886. Mem. G.A.R.; judge 13th Neb. jud. dist., 1891-95; elected judge Supreme Court 1896. Mem. Congress, 1899-1903, 6th Neb. dist. Democrat. Removed to Ariz, Apr. 1903; elected to Ariz. legislature, 1904 and made chmn. judiciary com. V.P. Trans-Mississippi and Internat., Expn. Omaha, Neb., and pres. Neb. State Bd. 1898. Address: Douglas, Ariz. Died 1909.

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William Neville, U.S. Congress's Timeline

Nashville, Illinois
Age 41
North Platte, Nebraska
September 15, 1888
Age 45
January 15, 1891
Age 48
North Platte, Lincoln, Nebraska, United States
Age 66
Douglas, Arizona
North Platte Cemetery North Platte Lincoln County Nebraska