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William Osborn

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Son of John P Osborn and Pauline Osborn
Husband of Ethelinda Osborn
Father of William John Osborn; Maude E. Osborn; Pauline Rose Osborn; Rigina Gertrude Osborn; Winfield Scott Osborn and 6 others
Brother of Neri Fickland Osborn and John Osborn

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About William Osborn

William Lewis Osborn

Little is known of William Osborn's life. However, several family members became prominent as Arizona grew from a territory to statehood.

After building Prescott's first hotel, the Osborn Hotel, his father John Preston Osborn also built a ranching business.

William managed several head of his father's cattle while in the Verde, losing most of them to the Yavapai and Apache who regularly raided the herd.

William eventually left the Verde Valley, moving to Phoenix with his sister Louisa and brother-in-law in 1869. His father came the next year and was instrumental in laying out the city. Osborn Road in Phoenix is named for him.

His brother-in-law John Alsap served as Arizona's first territorial treasurer, a legislator, district attorney and as a judge.

His nephew, Sidney P. Osborn, served a governor of Arizona from 1940 to 1948, the only Arizona governor elected to four consecutive terms (he failed the first three times).