Lawyer Politician

William G. Rose

Quick Facts

IntroAmerican politician
Was Lawyer
From United States of America
Type Law
Birth23 September 1829
Death 15 September 1899
(aged 70 years)
Star signLibra
PoliticsRepublican Party


William G. Rose (September 23, 1829 – September 15, 1899) was a Republican mayor of Cleveland, Ohio, United States in the nineteenth century.

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.

In 1865, Rose moved to Cleveland, Ohio, where he received the Republican nomination for mayor in 1877, and was elected by a large majority.

Rose was the 1st cousin, 2x removed, of US President William McKinley.