C. William O'Neill
|C. William O'Neill|
|59th Governor of Ohio|
January 14, 1957 – January 12, 1959
|Lieutenant||Paul M. Herbert|
|Preceded by||John William Brown|
|Succeeded by||Michael DiSalle|
|37th Ohio Attorney General|
|Preceded by||Herbert S. Duffy|
|Succeeded by||William B. Saxbe|
|Associate Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court|
November 30, 1960 – April 4, 1970
|Preceded by||John Weld Peck II|
|Succeeded by||Leonard J. Stern|
|Chief Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court|
April 3, 1970 – August 20, 1978
|Preceded by||Kingsley A. Taft|
|Succeeded by||Robert E. Leach|
|Speaker of the Ohio House|
January 6, 1947 – January 2, 1949
|Preceded by||Jackson E. Betts|
|Succeeded by||John F. Cantwell|
February 14, 1916|
|Died||August 20, 1978
|Alma mater||Marietta College, Moritz College of Law|
C. William O'Neill (The C did not stand for anything) (February 14, 1916 - August 20, 1978) was a Republican politician from Ohio. He was born in Marietta, Ohio. He was the 59th Governor of Ohio. He graduated from both Marietta College (1938) and The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law (1942). While at Marietta he joined The Delta Upsilon University.
O'Neill served as a state representative and as Speaker of the House. He was then elected the State Attorney General in 1950, being the youngest person elected to the office at age 34. He served from 1951–1957, when he was elected to the governorship. O'Neill served until 1959. He was defeated for reelection due to his support of the controversial proposed "right to work" amendment to the Ohio Constitution. He served on the Ohio Supreme Court from 1960 until his death serving as an associate justice, then Chief Justice. O'Neill was the only Ohioan to serve in top leadership positions in the legislative, executive and judicial branches of Ohio.
O'Neill was married to Betty Hewson on July 29, 1945, and they had two children. He died August 20, 1978, and his funeral service was at First Community Church in Columbus. He was buried at Oak Grove Cemetery in Marietta.
- The Supreme Court of Ohio and The Ohio Judicial System - C. William O'Neill "As he explained to the Columbus Dispatch in a 1975 interview the initial 'C'. stands for nothing; rather it was a compromise between his mother, who wanted to name him Charles, and his father, who did not want a junior in the family."
- C. W. O'Neill at Ohio History Central
|Party political offices|
|Republican Party nominee for Governor of Ohio