STARK, William Ledyard, (1853 - 1922)


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

STARK, William Ledyard, a Representative from Nebraska; born in Mystic, New London County, Conn., July 29, 1853; was graduated from Mystic Valley Institute, Mystic, Conn., in 1872; moved to Wyoming, Stark County, Ill.; taught school and clerked in a store; attended the Union College of Law, Chicago, Ill.; was admitted to the bar by the supreme court of Illinois in January 1878; moved to Aurora, Nebr., in February 1878; served as superintendent of city schools; deputy district attorney; judge of the Hamilton County Court; served as a major and judge advocate general of the Nebraska National Guard; unsuccessful Populist candidate for election in 1895 to the Fifty-fourth Congress; elected as a Populist to the Fifty-fifth, Fifty-sixth, and Fifty-seventh Congresses (March 4, 1897-March 3, 1903); unsuccessful Fusionist candidate for reelection in 1902 to the Fifty-eighth Congress; retired and resided in Aurora, Nebr.; died at Tarpon Springs, Fla., November 11, 1922; interment in the City Cemetery, Aurora, Nebr.