William Heilman

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William Heilman
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Indiana's 1st district
In office
March 4, 1879 – March 3, 1883
Preceded byBenoni S. Fuller
Succeeded byJohn J. Kleiner
Member of the Indiana Senate
In office
1876 – March 3, 1879
Member of the Indiana House of Representatives
from the ? district
In office
Personal details
Born(1824-10-11)October 11, 1824
Albig, Grand Duchy of Hesse
DiedSeptember 22, 1890(1890-09-22) (aged 79)
Evansville, Indiana, U.S.
Resting placeOak Hill Cemetery
Political partyRepublican
RelativesCharles M. La Follette (great-grandson)

William Heilman (October 11, 1824 – September 22, 1890) was an American businessman who served two terms as a U.S. Representative from Indiana from 1879 to 1883.

He was the great-grandfather of Charles Marion LaFollette.


Born in Albig, Grand Duchy of Hesse, Heilman immigrated to the United States in 1843 and settled on a farm in Posey County, Indiana. After moving to Evansville, Indiana, he worked for a manufacturing company and subsequently became president of a cotton mill. In 1847, he founded a machine shop for the manufacture of drills.

Political career

He served as member of the city council 1852-1865, as member of the Indiana House of Representatives 1870-1876 and as delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1876. He served in the Indiana State Senate from 1876 until March 3, 1879.


Heilman was elected as a Republican to the Forty-sixth and Forty-seventh Congresses (March 4, 1879 – March 3, 1883). He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1882 to the Forty-eighth Congress, losing the general election to John Kleiner.

Later career and death

He resumed his former business activities.

He died in Evansville, Indiana, September 22, 1890. He was interred in Oak Hill Cemetery.

Electoral history

General election 1878[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican William Heilman 13,928 48.7
Democratic Thomas E. Garvin 13,928 48.7
Greenback Thomas F. Drebruler 1,595 5.6
General election 1880[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican William Heilman 17,719 49.4
Democratic John Kleiner 17,420 48.6
General election 1882[3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic John Kleiner 18,048 51.6
Republican William Heilman 16,399 46.9


  1. ^ Congressional Quarterly, p. 638
  2. ^ Congressional Quarterly, p. 642
  3. ^ Congressional Quarterly, p. 646
  • United States Congress. "William Heilman (id: H000451)". 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