William Nelson Runyon

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William Nelson Runyon
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Runyon as Judge of the United States District Court for New Jersey
Acting Governor of New Jersey
In office
May 16, 1919 – January 13, 1920
Preceded by Walter Evans Edge
Governor
Succeeded by Clarence E. Case
Acting Governor
Personal details
Born March 5, 1871
Plainfield, New Jersey
Died November 9, 1931 (aged 60)
Plainfield, New Jersey
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Florence M. MacDonald
Religion Baptist[1]

William Nelson Runyon (March 5, 1871 – November 9, 1931) was a Republican who served as Acting Governor of New Jersey from 1919 to 1920.

Biography[edit]

Runyon was born in Plainfield, New Jersey on March 5, 1871. He graduated from Yale University in 1892 and New York Law School in 1894, afterwards practicing law in Plainfield.

A Republican, Runyon served on Plainfield Common Council from 1897 to 1898 and was Judge of Plainfield's City Court from 1899 to 1910.

Runyon was a member of New Jersey General Assembly from 1915 to 1917, and served in the New Jersey Senate from 1918 to 1922.

He was serving as President of the Senate when Walter Evans Edge resigned the governorship in order to accept the United States Senate seat to which he had been elected in 1918. At the time New Jersey had no Lieutenant Governor, so Runyon succeeded to the governorship. He served from May 16, 1919 to January 13, 1920. Runyon was defeated in the 1919 Republican primary for Governor.

Runyon was a delegate to the 1920 Republican National Convention. In 1922 he was the Republican gubernatorial nominee but lost the general election to George S. Silzer.

In 1923 Runyon was appointed Judge of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, and he remained on the bench until his death.

Death and burial[edit]

Runyon died in Plainfield on November 9, 1931,[2] aged 60, and was buried in Hillside Cemetery, Scotch Plains, New Jersey.

References[edit]

  1. ^ National Association of Referees in Bankruptcy, Journal of the National Association of Referees in Bankruptcy, Death notice, William Nelson Runyon, Volumes 6-10, January 1932, page 116
  2. ^ New York Sun, Judge Runyon Dies in Jersey, November 9, 1931

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Political offices
Preceded by
Thomas F. McCran
President of the New Jersey Senate
1919
Succeeded by
Clarence E. Case
Preceded by
Walter Evans Edge
Governor
Acting Governor of New Jersey
May 16, 1919 – January 13, 1920
Succeeded by
Clarence E. Case
Acting Governor
Party political offices
Preceded by
Newton A.K. Bugbee
Republican Nominee for Governor of New Jersey
1922
Succeeded by
Arthur Whitney