William Warner Edit Profile
Educated Lawrence University, Wisconsin, and University of Michigan. Doctor of Laws, University of Michigan, 1905. Served, 1862-1865, in 33d and 44th Wisconsin regts., reaching rank of major.
He later represented Missouri in both the U.S. House and Senate. He enlisted in 1862 as a 1st Lieutenant in the 33rd Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry Regiment and was mustered out at the close of the Civil War in Madison, Wisconsin with the rank of major. They had six children.
Warner then moved his practice to Kansas City where he served as city attorney in 1867, circuit attorney in 1868 and Kansas City Mayor in 1871. He was elected as a Republican to the 49th and 50th Congresses, serving from March 4, 1885 to March 4, 1889, but he was not a candidate for renomination in 1888. Warner was elected commander in chief of the Grand Army of the Republic in 1888 for a one year term.
Warner unsuccessfully ran as the Republican candidate for Missouri Governor in 1892, but served as the United States district attorney for the western district of Missouri in 1882-1884, 1898, and 1902–1905. In 1882, he was one of the original incorporators of the Kansas City Club. In 1905 Warner was elected as a Republican to the United States Senate, serving from March 18, 1905, to March 4, 1911 in the 60th and 61st Congresses, where he was chairman of the Senate Committee on Mississippi River and Its Tributaries, and served on the Inland Waterways Commission.
He was not a candidate for reelection. His widow, Sophia, received a pension until her death in 1923.
He was also a member of the Wisconsin Commandery of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States. Warner resumed the practice of law, and was appointed as a civilian member of the Board of Ordnance and Fortifications, and a member of the Board of Managers of the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers.
Married Sophia Bromley, August 1866.