- William D. Kelley
William D. Kelley (
April 12, 1814- January 9, 1890) was a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representativesfrom Pennsylvania.
William Darrah Kelley, a
Quaker, was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He served as a judge of the Court of Common Pleas for Philadelphia from 1846-1856.
Kelley was elected as a Republican to Congress in 1860 and served from
March 4, 1861, until his death in Washington, D.C.. He was nicknamed "Pig-Iron Kelley" due to his role as a major spokesman in Congress for Pennsylvania's iron interests. In 1871, he was the first Washington politician to suggest of what would later become Yellowstone National Park, as reported by Jay Cooke: "Let Congress pass a bill reserving the Great Geyser Basin as a public park forever--just as it has reserved that far inferior wonder the Yosemite Valley " [As reported in a letter from Jay Cooketo Ferdinand Hayden[http://xroads.virginia.edu/~MA96/RAILROAD/ystone.html] ] He served as Chairman on the Committee on Coinage, Weights, and Measures, as Chairman of the Committee on Ways and Means, and on the Committee on Manufactures ( 51st United States Congress).
Florence Kelleywas an influential social reformer, associated with Hull House.
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