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C. William O'Neill (February 14, 1916 - August 20, 1978) was a Republican politician from Ohio. He was born in Marietta, Ohio. He was the 59th governor of Ohio. He graduated from both Marietta College (1938) and The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law (1942). While at Marietta he joined The Delta Upsilon University.


O'Neill served as a state representative and as Speaker of the House. He was then elected the State Attorney General in 1950, serving from 1951-1957, when he was elected to the governorship. O'Neill served until 1959. He was defeated for reelection due to his support of the controversial proposed "right to work" amendment to the Ohio Constitution. He served on the Ohio Supreme Court from 1960 until his death serving as an associate justice, then Chief Justice. He had the distinction of serving in all three branches of Ohio government during his career.

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Legal offices
Preceded by
Herbert S. Duffy
Ohio Attorney General
1951-1957
Succeeded by
William B. Saxbe
Preceded by
Kingsley A. Taft
Chief Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court
1970-1978
Succeeded by
Robert E. Leach
Political offices
Preceded by
John W. Brown
Governors of Ohio
1957-1959
Succeeded by
Michael DiSalle
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