|7th Lieutenant Governor of Colorado|
|Preceded by||William Grover Smith|
|Succeeded by||David H. Nichols|
|Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Arkansas|
March 3, 1871 – June 17, 1874
|Appointed by||Ulysses S. Grant|
|Preceded by||Seat established by 16 Stat. 471|
|Succeeded by||Isaac Parker|
April 4, 1843
Waukesha County, Wisconsin
|Died||June 20, 1921 (aged 78)|
Los Angeles, California
|Education||University of Michigan|
William Story (April 4, 1843 – June 20, 1921) was a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Arkansas and later the seventh Lieutenant Governor of Colorado, serving from 1891 to 1893 under Governor of Colorado John Long Routt.
Education and career
Born in Waukesha County, Wisconsin, Story graduated from the University of Michigan in 1864, and was in the United States Army, Thirty-ninth Regular Wisconsin Infantry, from 1864 to 1865. He was in private practice in Milwaukee, Wisconsin from 1865 to 1866, and in Fayetteville, Arkansas from 1866 to 1867. He was a Judge of the Circuit Court of Arkansas for the Second Judicial Circuit Court of Arkansas from 1867 to 1871, sitting as a "special Chief Justice" of the Arkansas Supreme Court in 1869.
Federal judicial service
Story was nominated by President Ulysses S. Grant on March 3, 1871, to the United States District Court for the Western District of Arkansas, to a new seat authorized by 16 Stat. 471. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on March 3, 1871, and received his commission the same day. His service terminated on June 17, 1874, due to his resignation.
Circumstances of his resignation
Congress investigated Story in 1874 for, among other things, inordinately large undocumented court expenditures and for allowing bail for persons convicted of capital crimes while they were awaiting sentence.[Note 1] The House committee found that Story’s testimony was “lame, disconnected and unsatisfactory.”[Note 1] Within the month after publication of the committee investigation and report in the Arkansas Gazette, Story resigned and moved to Denver, Colorado.
Later career and death
Story then moved to Colorado, settling first in Denver, in 1877, and then moving to Ouray. He built up a large law practice, and during his first ten years in practice he served as attorney for the City and County of Denver. He had other interests in mining, banking, building of roads and railroads (Rio Grande Southern). He served as the Lieutenant Governor of Colorado from 1891 to 1893. In 1913, he moved to Salt Lake City, Utah where he established a law practice, Story & Steigmeyer. He then relocated to Los Angeles, California where he died in 1921.
- The committee compared expenditures for the entire state for the three years before the Civil War with expenditures in the Western District for the three years after its creation in 1871, which corresponded with Story’s stewardship as district judge. From 1858 through 1860, the average expenditure per year was $20,000 for the entire state. Under Story’s tenure the expenditures for the Western District alone averaged more than $241,000 per year. Arkanasas Gazette, June 9, 1874.
- William Story at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
Seat established by 16 Stat. 471
| Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Arkansas
William Grover Smith
| Lieutenant Governor of Colorado
David H. Nichols