William G. Rose
Rose was born at Mercer County, Pennsylvania, one of eleven children of James and Martha Rose. He grew up on a farm and attended local schools. He began as a school teacher at age 17, and studied law at a local law office starting at age 23. He was admitted to the bar in 1855, and began legal practice in Mercer in 1855.
Rose was associate editor on the Independent Democrat, the leading newspaper in Mercer County. He was a Republican member of the Pennsylvania legislature 1857-1859. Rose was chosen a delegate to the 1860 Republican National Convention which nominated Mr. Lincoln, but was unable to attend due to illness.
- Robison 1887 : 417-420
- Robison, W Scott, ed. (1887). History of the city of Cleveland: its settlement, rise and progress. Cleveland: Robison and Cockett.