William E. Stanley

William E. Stanley
15th Governor of Kansas
In office
January 9, 1899  January 12, 1903
Lieutenant Harry E. Richter
Preceded by John W. Leedy
Succeeded by Willis J. Bailey
Personal details
Born December 28, 1844
Knox County, Ohio
Died October 13, 1910 (aged 65)
Wichita, Kansas
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Emma Lenora Hillis
Profession attorney
Religion Methodist

William Eugene Stanley (December 28, 1844 – October 13, 1910) was the 15th Governor of Kansas.

Born in Danville, Knox County, Ohio, Stanley was the son of a physician, reared on a farm, and educated in the common schools of Hardin County, Ohio. He attended Ohio Wesleyan University, but left before he graduated.[1] He studied in Kenton and Dayton, Ohio and was admitted to the bar in Kenton, Ohio in 1868. He married Emma Lenora Hills and they had four children, Charles Albert, Harry W., Harriet Eugenia, and William Eugene.[2]

Arriving in Jefferson County, Kansas, in 1870, Stanley opened his practice and taught school in Perry. He served as county attorney from 1871 to 1872. He resigned that position and moved to Wichita, Kansas. He began practicing law and continued to do so except when in office. He served as Sedgwick County Attorney from 1874 to 1880. Elected to the Kansas House of Representatives, he served from 1881 to 1883.[3]

In 1898, Stanley won the Republican gubernatorial nomination and upon winning the election, he was sworn in on January 9, 1899. Reelected to a second term, he left office on January 12, 1903. During his tenure, a US prison revolt at Fort Leavenworth and a 1901 convict strike were dealt with, a traveling library commission was authorized, and the state supreme court was increased to seven judges.[4]

After leaving office, he returned to Wichita and his law practice. From 1903 to 1904, he served on the Dawes Commission to the Five Civilized Tribes.

Stanley died on October 13, 1910 and is interred at Highland Cemetery in Wichita.[5]


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Political offices
Preceded by
John W. Leedy
Governor of Kansas
Succeeded by
Willis J. Bailey
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