William Ledyard Stark

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William Ledyard Stark (July 29, 1853 – November 11, 1922) was a Nebraska Populist politician.

Born in Mystic, Connecticut, on July 29, 1853, Stark moved to Wyoming, Illinois, in 1872. He taught school and clerked a store for a while. He attended Union College of Law in Chicago, Illinois. He was admitted to the bar by the Supreme Court of Illinois in January 1878.

Stark moved to Aurora, Nebraska, in February 1878, serving as superintendent of city schools in Aurora. He became deputy district attorney and then judge of the Hamilton County Court in Hamilton County, Nebraska. He served in the Nebraska National Guard as a major and Judge Advocate General. He ran for the United States House of Representatives in 1895 and 1897 as a Populist, losing the first time and being elected the second to the 55th United States Congress. He was reelected to the 56th and 57th Congresses, serving from March 4, 1897 to March 3, 1903.

Stark ran for the United States Congress as a Fusionist in 1902, but lost. After leaving office in 1903, he retired to Aurora.

Stark died in Tarpon Springs, Florida, on November 11, 1922. He is buried in the city cemetery in Aurora.


  1. "Congressional Bioguide". Stark, William Ledyard. Retrieved January 16, 2006. 
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Eugene Jerome Hainer (R)
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Nebraska's 4th congressional district

March 4, 1897 – March 3, 1903
Succeeded by
Edmund H. Hinshaw (R)