Earl Wilson (politician)

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Earl Wilson
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Indiana's 9th district
In office
January 3, 1941 – January 3, 1959
Preceded byEugene B. Crowe
Succeeded byEarl Hogan
In office
January 3, 1961 – January 3, 1965
Preceded byEarl Hogan
Succeeded byLee Hamilton
Member of the Indiana Senate
from the 44th district
In office
January 8, 1973 – November 3, 1976
Preceded byMarvin F. Klaes[1]
Succeeded byJames William Spurgeon
Member of the Indiana Senate
from the 28th district
In office
November 6, 1968 – November 8, 1972
Preceded byGuy Victor Green[2]
Succeeded byMartin "Chip" Koons Edwards
Personal details
Born(1906-04-18)April 18, 1906
Huron, Indiana
DiedApril 27, 1990(1990-04-27) (aged 84)
Bedford, Indiana
Political partyRepublican
Alma materPurdue University
Coyne Electrical School
Indiana University

Earl Wilson (April 18, 1906 – April 27, 1990) was an American educator and politician who served 11 terms as a United States representative from Indiana during the mid-20th century.


He was born on a farm near Huron, Indiana and attended public schools there. He attended Purdue University and received degrees from Coyne Electrical School of Chicago, Illinois in 1928 and Indiana University of Bloomington, Indiana in 1931. He taught high school in Dubois, White, and Decautur Counties between 1931 and 1938 and as a high school principal in Jackson County 1939–1940.

Political career

Wilson decided to enter politics and in 1940 he narrowly defeated New Deal Democrat incumbent Eugene B. Crowe 71,624–69,227 and was elected as the Republican Representative for Indiana's 9th congressional district. He served in the United States Congress until 1958, when he was defeated by Earl Hogan for reelection. In 1960, he defeated Hogan and was returned to Congress in 1961. Wilson won reelection in 1962.]. In 1964 Wilson was defeated for reelection by Democrat Lee Hamilton 74,939 – 62,780.[3] Wilson did not vote in favor of the Civil Rights Acts of 1957 and 1964,[4][5] despite voting in favor of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 in the first House vote on February 10, 1964.[6] However, he voted present on the 24th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.[7]

While in Congress, Wilson was influential in moving Samuel Woodfill's body from Madison, Indiana to Arlington National Cemetery.

Later career and death

After his loss to Hamilton in 1964 Wilson was elected to the Indiana State Senator serving there from 1969 to 1976. He was a resident of Bedford, Indiana, until his death on April 27, 1990.


  1. ^ "List of All Offices and Office Holders". March 5, 2015.
  2. ^ "List of All Offices and Office Holders". March 5, 2015.
  3. ^ "Rep. Earl Wilson Indiana". govtrack.us. Retrieved January 28, 2017.
  4. ^ "HR 6127. CIVIL RIGHTS ACT OF 1957". GovTrack.us.
  5. ^ "H.R. 7152. PASSAGE".
  6. ^ "H.R. 7152. PASSAGE".
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by U.S. Congressman, Indiana 9th District
January 3, 1941 – January 3, 1959
Succeeded by
Preceded by U.S. Congressman, Indiana 9th District
January 3, 1961 – January 3, 1965
Succeeded by