Biography of William G. Rose
Cuyahoga County, OH Biographies

WILLIAM G. ROSE was born in Mercer County, Pennsylvania, Setbember 23, 1829, and his death occurred in the City of Cleveland, Ohio, September 15, 1899. He received a liberal education, as gauged by the standards of the period, and in 1855 he was admitted to the Pennsylvania bar. He joined the republican party at the time of its organization, he for a time was publisher and editor of a newspaper in his native county, and from 1858 to 1860 he was a member of the Pennsylvania Legislature. He was a delegate to the republican national convention of 1860, when Abraham Lincoln was nominated for the presidency, and he was twice nominated by his party for Congress. He served in the Civil war, under the three months' term of enlistment. In 1865 he established his residence in Cleveland, and his activities in the oil fields and the real estate business brought him such substantial returns that in 1874 he. virtually retired from business. In 1877 he was elected mayor of Cleveland, and he gave a most able and loyal administration during a period of grave importance in the affairs of the city, the state and the nation. He served as mayor until 1879, and in 1891 he was again elected chief executive of the city government. In 1883 he was the republican candidate for lieutenant governor of Ohio. Mr. Rose did splendid service in advancing and fostering the interests of Cleveland, and here his name and memory are held in lasting honor. In 1858 he married Miss Martha E. Parmelee, who survived him and of whom individual mention is made on other pages of this publication.

A History of Cuyahoga County
and the City of Cleveland
By: William R. Coates
The American Historical Society
Chicago and New York, 1924

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