William Arthur McKEIGHAN, Congress, NE (1842-1895)


McKEIGHAN, William Arthur, a Representative from Nebraska; born in Millville, Cumberland County, N.J., January 19, 1842; moved with his parents to Fulton County, Ill., in 1848; attended the common schools; during the Civil War enlisted in the Eleventh Regiment, Illinois Volunteer Cavalry, in September 1861; at the close of the war located on a farm near Pontiac, Ill., and engaged in agricultural pursuits; moved to Nebraska in 1880 and resumed agricultural pursuits near Red Cloud; took an active interest in organizing the Farmersâ Alliance; probate judge of Webster County 1885-1887; unsuccessful candidate in 1888 for election to the Fifty-first Congress; elected as a Populist to the Fifty-second and Fifty-third Congresses (March 4, 1891-March 3, 1895); unsuccessful candidate in 1894 for reelection to the Fifty-fourth Congress; died in Hastings, Adams County, Nebr., December 15, 1895; interment in Red Cloud Cemetery, Red Cloud, Webster County, Nebr.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present