Philip W. McKinney

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Philip Watkins McKinney
Philip McKinney.jpg
Portrait of Governor McKinney
41st Governor of Virginia
In office
January 1, 1890 – January 1, 1894
Lieutenant James Hoge Tyler
Preceded by Fitzhugh Lee
Succeeded by Charles Triplett O'Ferrall
Personal details
Born March 17, 1832
Buckingham County, Virginia
Died March 1, 1899 (aged 66)
Farmville, Virginia
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Ann Fleming Christian; Annie Clay
Alma mater Hampden-Sidney College, Washington College
Profession Politician, lawyer, soldier

Philip Watkins McKinney (March 17, 1832 – March 1, 1899) was an Virginia lawyer, soldier and politician. McKinney served in the Virginia House of Delegates, was the Commonwealth attorney for Prince Edward County, and was elected as the 41st Governor of Virginia, serving from 1890 to 1894.


Born in New Store, in Buckingham County, he attended Hampden-Sydney College, graduating in the class of 1851. McKinney served as a Confederate officer in the American Civil War in Company K, 4th Virginia Cavalry. He beat Republican William Mahone in the 1889 Virginia gubernatorial election winning 57.19% of the vote.

He died in 1899 and was interred at Westview Cemetery, Farmville, Virginia. His Queen-Anne-style house still stands in Farmville.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Fitzhugh Lee
Governor of Virginia
Succeeded by
Charles Triplett O'Ferrall