William Rock Painter

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William R. Painter
28th Lieutenant Governor of Missouri
In office
January 13, 1913 – January 8, 1917
GovernorElliot Woolfolk Major
Preceded byJacob F. Gmelich
Succeeded byWallace Crossley
Personal details
Born(1863-08-27)August 27, 1863
Carroll County, Missouri
DiedJuly 1, 1947(1947-07-01) (aged 83)
Carrollton, Missouri
Political partyDemocratic
  • Civil Engineering
  • Journalism
  • Politics

William Rock Painter (August 27, 1863 – July 1, 1947) was a Democratic politician from the state of Missouri. He was the state's 28th Lieutenant Governor and later a State Senator.

Personal history[edit]

William R. Painter was born in Carroll County, Missouri. He received his higher education at the Missouri School of Mines (now known as Missouri University of Science and Technology) and following graduation worked as a civil engineer. In 1894 Painter left the engineering field to become editor and publisher of the Daily and Weekly Democrat, newspaper in Carroll County.[1] Painter married Cora Herndon January 12, 1888. They had three daughters and two sons. Painter died in July 1947 and is buried in Oak Hill Cemetery, Carrollton, Missouri.

Political history[edit]

William R. Painter was elected Missouri Lieutenant Governor in November 1912, and served in that office from January 1913 to January 1917. Soon after leaving office he was appointed as chairman of the (Missouri) Prison Board in 1917.[1] and even served as prison warden for a period of nearly ten months in 1917. Painter finished his political career as state Senator from the Missouri 8th District, a position he held until 1930.[2]


  1. ^ a b Fighting Faiths: the Abrams case, the Supreme Court, and free speech by Richard Polenberg. Cornell University Press, 1999.
  2. ^ Kestenbaum, Lawrence. "The Political Graveyard: Carroll County, Mo". politicalgraveyard.com. Retrieved 26 May 2017.
Political offices
Preceded by
Jacob F. Gmelich
Lieutenant Governor of Missouri
Succeeded by
Wallace Crossley