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William Warner circa 1905

William Warner (June 11, 1840 – October 4, 1916) was an American lawyer and politician from Kansas City, Missouri. He represented Missouri in both the U.S. House and Senate. He was mayor of Kansas City in 1871-72.

He was born in Shullsburg, Wisconsin, in Lafayette County, Wisconsin. His parents died in his youth, and he was raised by his sister, Mary Ann Warner Webb and her husband, Joseph Webb. He studied law at Lawrence University and the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor; admitted to the bar in 1861.

He enlisted in 1862 as a 1st Lieutenant in the Thirty-third Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry; was mustered out at the close of the Civil War with the rank of major in Madison, Wisconsin and moved his practice to Kansas City. He was city attorney in 1867; circuit attorney 1868; Kansas City Mayor in 1871; elected as a Republican to the Forty-ninth and Fiftieth Congresses (March 4, 1885-March 3, 1889); was not a candidate for renomination in 1888; elected commander in chief of the Grand Army of the Republic in 1888; unsuccessful Republican candidate for Missouri Governor in 1892; United States district attorney for the western district of Missouri 1882-1884, 1898, 1902-1905; unsuccessful Republican candidate for governor of Missouri in 1892; elected as a Republican to the United States Senate in 1905 and served from March 18, 1905, to March 3, 1911; was not a candidate for reelection; chairman, Committee on the Mississippi and its Tributaries (Sixtieth and Sixty-first Congresses); resumed the practice of law; appointed as civilian member of the Board of Ordnance and Fortifications; member of the Board of Managers of the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers. His widow, Sophia, received a pension until her death in 1932.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Elijah M. McGee
Mayor of Kansas City, Missouri
1871
Succeeded by
Robert H. Hunt
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Alexander Graves
Representative for the 5th Congressional District of Missouri
1885—1889
Succeeded by
John Charles Tarsney
United States Senate
Preceded by
Francis Cockrell
United States Senator (Class 1) from Missouri
1905 - 1911
Served alongside: William J. Stone
Succeeded by
James A. Reed
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