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William C.  McKinley

William C. McKinley was born in Peoria, Illinois on January 6, 1914, the son of Charlotte J. Carroll and Albert Coots McKinley, a grains merchant, commercial traveler and white lead salesman. In the 1930s he lived at 730-B, Fourth Avenue (his parents' home) in Peoria, Illinois, and in the early 1940s at their home at 2201 N. Sheridan and 516 W. Melbourne (1946). He graduated in 1932 from Peoria High School, where he was a member of the Science and Math Club.

McKinley wrote his first article for Rocks & Minerals in 1932, a second article on the explorer John Fremont in June 1933, and a half-page article on geodes from Hamilton, Illinois in January 1935. He also made small donations of specimens to the Field Museum in Chicago in 1936-1938. Before and after the war he worked variously as a stock clerk, salesman and shipping clerk for Hiram Walker's distillery. He served as a private and then a sergeant in the US Army Air Corps during World War II.

William C. McKinley died on July 11, 1950 (at the age of 36) in Peoria.
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