William S. McKinnon

William Stranchon McKinnon
24th Ohio State Treasurer
In office
January 11, 1904  November 17, 1908
Preceded by Isaac B. Cameron
Succeeded by Charles C. Green
Member of the Ohio House of Representatives
from the Ashtabula County district
In office
January 3, 1898  January 3, 1904
Preceded by William S. Harris
Succeeded by B. W. Baldwin
Personal details
Born (1852-12-19)December 19, 1852
Owen Sound, Ontario
Died November 17, 1908(1908-11-17) (aged 55)
Ashtabula, Ohio
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Octavia J. Porter
Children five

William Stranchon McKinnon (December 19, 1852 – November 17, 1908)[1][2] was a Republican politician in the U.S. state of Ohio who was Speaker of the Ohio House and Ohio State Treasurer from 1904 to 1908.


William S. McKinnon was born at Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada. He was moved to Cleveland, where he grew up, and became a machinist.[3]

McKinnon relocated to Ashtabula, where he owned machine shops, was a member of the Board of Education and city council, and was Mayor of Ashtabula. He married Octavia J. Porter April 2, 1878, and had four sons and one daughter.[3] In 1880, he was founder and head of the McKinnon Iron Works Company at Ashtabula Harbor.[2]

McKinnon was elected to the Ohio House of Representatives in 1897, and served in the 73rd, 74th, and 75th General Assemblies, 1898–1903.[4] In the 75th General Assembly (1902–1903), he was chosen Speaker of the House.[5]

In May, 1900, McKinnon was appointed an Ohio Commissioner of the Pan-American Exposition[6]

In 1903, the Republicans nominated McKinnon for Ohio State Treasurer, and he won election that year, and again in 1905. Elections were moved to even numbered years, and McKinnon chose not to run in 1908. His term would have ended January 1909, but he died at his Ashtabula home on November 17, 1908.[2]


  1. United States. Court of Claims; District of Columbia. Court of Appeals (1917). The Federal Reporter. 240. West Publishing Company. Retrieved 2015-06-19.
  2. 1 2 3 Upton, Harriet Taylor (1910). Cutler, Harry Gardner, ed. History of the Western Reserve. 3. New York: The Lewis Publishing Company. pp. 1346–1348.
  3. 1 2 Sandles 1906 : 565
  4. Sandles 1906 : 248
  5. Sandles 1906 : 251
  6. Gilkey 1901 : 765


Ohio House of Representatives
Preceded by
Arlington G. Reynolds
Speaker of the House
Succeeded by
George T. Thomas
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