WARNOCK, William Robert, (1838 - 1918)


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

WARNOCK, William Robert, a Representative from Ohio; born in Urbana, Ohio, August 29, 1838; attended the public schools; taught school in Urbana 1856-1868; was graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware, Ohio, in 1861; commenced the study of law in 1861; entered the Union Army July 21, 1862, as captain of Company G, Ninety-fifth Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry; promoted to major July 28, 1863, and brevetted lieutenant colonel March 15, 1865; chief of staff for the eastern district of Mississippi from April to August 1865; mustered out August 14, 1865; resumed the study of law; was admitted to the bar in 1866 and commenced practice in Urbana; prosecuting attorney 1868-1872; member of the board of school examiners of Champaign County 1870-1876; served as trustee of Ohio Wesleyan University for twenty-five years; member of the State senate in 1876 and 1877; judge of the court of common pleas in the second district of Ohio 1879-1889; president of the National Bank of Urbana; elected as a Republican to the Fifty-seventh and Fifty-eighth Congresses (March 4, 1901-March 3, 1905); chairman, Committee on Expenditures in the Department of War (Fifty-eighth Congress); was not a candidate for renomination; resumed the practice of law; United States pension agent at Columbus, Ohio, 1906-1910; commander of the department of Ohio, Grand Army of the Republic, in 1913 and 1914; died in Urbana, Ohio, July 30, 1918; interment in Oakdale Cemetery.