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United States representative , lawyer , politician , member of the Illinois House of Representatives

William Neville, American lawyer. Member G.A.R.; Member Congress, 1899-1903, 6th Nebraska district.


He was born in East Hoathly, Sussex and in 1860 started work at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew as an Improver, then Assistant for India in the Herbarium, finally Keeper of Herbarium and Library.


Educated McKendree College, Lebanon, Illinois. Sergeant Company H, 142d Illinois infantry, in Civil war. Member Illinois legislature, 1872.

Removed to Nebraska, 1874. Member Nebraska legislature, 1876. Democratic and anti-monopoly candidate for Congress, 1884.

Register United States Land Office, N. Platte, Nebraska, 1885-1890.


He moved to Nebraska in May 1874 and moved to North Platte, Nebraska in April 1877, continuing practicing law there. He ran for election to the Forty-ninth Congress and lost in 1884. He then became a judge of the thirteenth judicial district from 1891 to 1895.

He was elected as a Populist to the 56th congress (1899) to fill the vacancy caused by the death of William L. Greene, was reelected to the 57th Congress, but did not stand for reelection to the 58th. He moved to Douglas, Arizona in 1903 and resumed practicing law. He died in Douglas, and was buried in North Platte Cemetery, North Platte.


He was a member of the Illinois House of Representatives in 1872. He was elected a member of the Arizona terrirorial house of representatives in 1905.


Married Mary Ann Keith, 1882 (died 1884). Married second, Irene Morrison Rector, 1886.

Captain Harvey Neville

Aly (Harriman) Neville

Irene Morrison Rector

Mary Ann Keith