William E. Wilson (Indiana politician)

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William E. Wilson
Wilson (2nd from right)
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Indiana's 1st district
In office
March 4, 1923–March 3, 1925
Preceded byOscar R. Luhring
Succeeded byHarry E. Rowbottom
Personal details
William Edward Wilson

(1870-03-09)March 9, 1870
Mount Vernon, Indiana, U.S.
DiedSeptember 29, 1948(1948-09-29) (aged 78)
Evansville, Indiana, U.S.
Resting placeOak Hill Cemetery
Political partyDemocratic
SpouseNettie Cook (m. 1900)
EducationEvansville Commercial College
Insurance broker
Public official

William Edward Wilson (March 9, 1870 – September 29, 1948) was an American educator, businessman, and politician from Indiana. He served one term in the United States House of Representatives (1923–1925).

Early life and education

Born in Mount Vernon, Indiana, Wilson was the son of Jay W. Wilson (1819-1893) and Mary (Chaffin) Wilson (1832-1925).[1] He attended the public schools of Posey County and Evansville Commercial College.


Wilson began his career as a teacher at the Evansville Commercial College. He later purchased the school and served as principal from 1888 to 1904.[1] After retiring from the school, Wilson worked as an accountant for a wholesale hardware company and secretary-treasurer of the Evansville insurance business run by his wife's family.


He served as deputy auditor of Vanderburgh County, Indiana from 1910 to 1912, and clerk of the circuit court of Vanderburg County from 1912 to 1920.[1] He was an unsuccessful candidate for election in 1920 to the Sixty-seventh Congress.

Wilson was elected as a Democrat to the Sixty-eighth Congress (March 4, 1923 – March 3, 1925). He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1924 to the Sixty-ninth Congress. Wilson's unsuccessful race for reelection, during which the Ku Klux Klan actively opposed him, was later chronicled by his son in an article for American Heritage magazine.[2]

After leaving Congress, Wilson was president of the Lincoln Savings Bank,[3] and he was later employed by Chrysler.

Personal life

In 1900, Wilson married Nettie Cook (1874-1945), the daughter of Stephen H. S. and Esther (Jarvis) Cook.[1] They were the parents of two children, including author and college professor William E. Wilson (1906-1988).[2]

He died in Evansville, Indiana, September 29, 1948.[3] He was interred in Oak Hill Cemetery.[4]




  • Wilson, William E. (August 1, 1965). "Long, Hot Summer In Indiana". American Heritage. New York, NY: American Heritage Publishing Company.



External sources

Public Domain This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress

U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Indiana's 1st congressional district

Succeeded by