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
Succeeded by Clarence E. Case
Acting Governor
Personal details
Born March 5, 1871
Plainfield
Died November 9, 1931
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Florence M. MacDonald
Religion Episcopalian

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

Runyon was born in Plainfield, New Jersey. He was a lawyer, then a member of New Jersey General Assembly from Union County, New Jersey from 1915 to 1917. Runyon served in the New Jersey Senate representing Union County, from 1918 to 1922. He served as Acting Governor of New Jersey from May 16, 1919 – January 13, 1920, after Governor Walter Evans Edge resigned to become a United States Senator. Runyon was defeated in the 1919 Republican primary in his bid for a full term in office. Runyon was a delegate to the 1920 Republican National Convention from New Jersey. In 1922 he was the Republican gubernatorial nominee but lost the general election to George S. Silzer. He was appointed as a Judge of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey in 1923, serving on the bench until 1931.

He died on November 9, 1931, aged 60, and was buried in Hillside Cemetery, Scotch Plains, New Jersey.

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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