SKILES, William Woodburn, (1854 - 1904)


"Around the Capital" (detail), engraving, Thomas Fleming, 1902, Collection of U.S. House of Representatives

SKILES, William Woodburn, a Representative from Ohio; born in Stoughstown, Cumberland County, Pa., December 11, 1849, moved with his parents to Richland County, Ohio, in 1854; attended the district schools; taught school for several years; was graduated from Baldwin University, Berea, Ohio, in 1876; studied law; was admitted to the bar July 24, 1878, and commenced the practice of his profession in Shelby, Ohio; interested as a stockholder and director in various manufacturing enterprises; president of the Citizens Bank from 1893 until his death; president and member of the city school board 1885-1904; member of the Republican State central committee 1900-1904; elected as a Republican to the Fifty-seventh and Fifty-eighth Congresses and served from March 4, 1901, until his death in Shelby, Richland County, Ohio, January 9, 1904; chairman, Committee on Patents (Fifty-eighth Congress); interment in Oakland Cemetery.