William W. Skiles

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William Woodburn Skiles
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 14th district
In office
March 4, 1901 – January 9, 1904
Preceded by Winfield S. Kerr
Succeeded by Amos R. Webber
Personal details
Born December 11, 1849
Cumberland County, Pennsylvania
Died January 9, 1904 (age 54)
Shelby, Ohio
Resting place Oakland Cemetery (Shelby, Ohio)
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) E. Dora Matson
Children two
Alma mater Baldwin University

William Woodburn Skiles (December 11, 1849 – January 9, 1904) was a U.S. Representative from Ohio. W.W. Skiles is buried in Oakland Cemetery in Shelby, Ohio. His mausoleum is located off the main road leading from the entrance towards the back of the cemetery, you could easily locate it by find his relatives monument which resembles the Washington Monument. The mausoleum is located next to that monument. The large house that W.W. Skiles built is located at 51 Marvin Ave in Shelby, Ohio and has been turned into apartments. The football field located across the Black Fork from Shelby Middle School is named after him.


Born in Stoughstown, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, on December 11, 1849 to John Gettis Skiles (c1820-1891) and Sarah Jane Martin (1823-1913), both of Cumberland County, Pennsylvania. His grandfather was William Martin. Siblings of W. W. Skiles were Mary Caroline Cramer (1847-1920), George M. Skiles (1852-1916), John Clark Skiles (1855-1906), Jennie Smith (1857-1939), Valletta Bell (1861-1945), and Burgetta Crum (1863-1925). Sarah Jane Martin had at least three sisters: Mary Hahn (-1867), Martha E. Mattoon (-1893), and Susan B. Roberts (1831-1910)

Skiles moved with his parents to Richland County, Ohio, in 1854 and attended the district schools in Shelby, Ohio.

He taught school for several years before graduating from Baldwin University in Berea, Ohio, in 1876.

In 1877, Skiles married E. Dora Matson of Shelby, and had two children.[1]

He then studied law, was admitted to the bar on July 24, 1878, and commenced the practice of his profession in Shelby, Ohio in partnership with his brother as Skiles and Skiles.[1]

He was interested as a stockholder and director in various manufacturing enterprises. He served as president of the Citizens Bank from 1893 until his death. He served as president and member of the Shelby City School Board 1885-1904. He served as member of the Republican State central committee 1900-1904.

Skiles was elected as a Republican to the Fifty-seventh and Fifty-eighth Congresses and served from March 4, 1901, until his death in Shelby, Ohio, January 9, 1904. He served as chairman of the Committee on Patents (Fifty-eighth Congress). He was interred in Oakland Cemetery.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Baughman, A. J., ed. (1901). A Centennial biographical history of Richland County, Ohio. Chicago: Lewis Publishing Company. pp. 152–156.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Winfield S. Kerr
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 14th congressional district

Succeeded by
Amos R. Webber

 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.