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Lawyer Politicians in Indiana, W-Z

  John Richard Walsh (1913-1975) — also known as John R. Walsh — of Martinsville, Morgan County, Ind.; Anderson, Madison County, Ind. Born in Martinsville, Morgan County, Ind., May 22, 1913. Democrat. Lawyer; Morgan County Attorney, 1935-36; served in the U.S. Army during World War II; U.S. Representative from Indiana 5th District, 1949-51; defeated, 1950, 1954; secretary of state of Indiana, 1958. Methodist. Member, Eagles; Moose; American Legion. Died in Anderson, Madison County, Ind., January 23, 1975 (age 61 years, 246 days). Interment at Greenlawn Cemetery, Martinsville, Ind.
  Relatives: Son of John Nicholas Walsh and Carrie Edna (Rude) Walsh; married to Helen Louise Stewart.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  Thomas Bayless Ward (1835-1892) — of Indiana. Born in Marysville, Union County, Ohio, April 27, 1835. Democrat. Lawyer; mayor of Lafayette, Ind., 1861-65; superior court judge in Indiana, 1875-80; U.S. Representative from Indiana 9th District, 1883-87. Died in Lafayette, Tippecanoe County, Ind., January 1, 1892 (age 56 years, 249 days). Interment at Spring Vale Cemetery, Lafayette, Ind.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Harold Johnson Warner (b. 1890) — also known as Harold J. Warner — of Pendleton, Umatilla County, Ore.; Portland, Multnomah County, Ore. Born in Fort Wayne, Allen County, Ind., November 6, 1890. Republican. Lawyer; served in the U.S. Army during World War I; Presidential Elector for Oregon, 1928; justice of Oregon state supreme court, 1950-63; appointed 1950; resigned 1963; chief justice of Oregon state supreme court, 1955-57. Episcopalian. Member, American Bar Association; American Legion; Sons of the American Revolution; Military Order of the World Wars; Phi Delta Phi; Beta Theta Pi. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Thomas C. Warner and Katherine E. (Johnson) Warner; married, August 5, 1925, to Aluta M. Larsen.
  Henry Dana Washburn (1832-1871) — also known as Henry D. Washburn — of Clinton, Vermillion County, Ind. Born in Windsor, Windsor County, Vt., March 28, 1832. Republican. Lawyer; general in the Union Army during the Civil War; U.S. Representative from Indiana 7th District, 1866-69. As Surveyor-General of Montana Territory in 1870, led the Washburn Expedition into what is now Yellowstone National Park. Died of tuberculosis, in Clinton, Vermillion County, Ind., January 26, 1871 (age 38 years, 304 days). Interment at Riverside Cemetery, Clinton, Ind.
  Mount Washburn, in Park County, Wyoming, is named for him.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article
  James Eli Watson (1864-1948) — also known as James E. Watson — of Rushville, Rush County, Ind. Born in Winchester, Randolph County, Ind., November 2, 1864. Republican. Lawyer; candidate for Presidential Elector for Indiana, 1892; U.S. Representative from Indiana, 1895-97, 1899-1909 (4th District 1895-97, 6th District 1899-1909); defeated, 1896; candidate for Governor of Indiana, 1908; delegate to Republican National Convention from Indiana, 1912, 1920 (chair, Resolutions Committee), 1924, 1932, 1936, 1940, 1944; U.S. Senator from Indiana, 1916-33; defeated, 1932; candidate for Republican nomination for President, 1928. Member, Knights of Pythias; Phi Kappa Psi. Died in Washington, D.C., July 29, 1948 (age 83 years, 270 days). Interment at Cedar Hill Cemetery, Suitland, Md.
  Relatives: Son of Enos L. Watson; married, December 12, 1892, to Flora Miller.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier
  John Sebrie Watts (1816-1876) — of Indiana; Santa Fe, Santa Fe County, N.M. Born in Boone County, Ky., January 19, 1816. Republican. Lawyer; member of Indiana state house of representatives, 1846; U.S. District Judge for New Mexico, 1851-54; Delegate to U.S. Congress from New Mexico Territory, 1861-63; justice of New Mexico territorial supreme court, 1868-69. Died in Bloomington, Monroe County, Ind., June 11, 1876 (age 60 years, 144 days). Interment at Rose Hill Cemetery, Bloomington, Ind.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  Roscoe Delmor Wheat (1876-1951) — also known as Roscoe D. Wheat; Ross D. Wheat — of Portland, Jay County, Ind. Born in Jackson Township, Jay County, Ind., February 22, 1876. Republican. Lawyer; delegate to Republican National Convention from Indiana, 1936 (member, Credentials Committee). Member, Freemasons; Rotary; Elks; Odd Fellows; Knights of Pythias. Died July 17, 1951 (age 75 years, 145 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Second cousin of William Howard Wheat (1879-1944).
Albert Smith White Albert Smith White (1803-1864) — also known as Albert S. White — of Lafayette, Tippecanoe County, Ind. Born in Blooming Grove, Orange County, N.Y., October 24, 1803. Lawyer; candidate for Indiana state house of representatives, 1832; Presidential Elector for Indiana, 1836; U.S. Representative from Indiana, 1837-39, 1861-63 (7th District 1837-39, 8th District 1861-63); U.S. Senator from Indiana, 1839-45; railroad president. Died in Stockwell, Tippecanoe County, Ind., September 4, 1864 (age 60 years, 316 days). Interment at Greenbush Cemetery, Lafayette, Ind.
  Relatives: Married to Harriet Randolph.
  Epitaph: "In All Relations Of Life, Admirable. As a Friend, Sincere. As a Citizen, Public Spirited. As a Lawyer, Honest. As a Legislator, Wise. As a Judge, Without Reproach."
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Image source: Library of Congress
  Richard Alan White (b. 1953) — also known as Rick White — of Washington. Born in Bloomington, Monroe County, Ind., November 6, 1953. Republican. Lawyer; U.S. Representative from Washington 1st District, 1995-99; defeated, 1998. Still living as of 2002.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — votes in Congress from the Washington Post
  William Watson Wick (1796-1868) — also known as William W. Wick — of Indianapolis, Marion County, Ind.; Franklin, Johnson County, Ind. Born in Canonsburg, Washington County, Pa., February 23, 1796. Democrat. Lawyer; circuit judge in Indiana 5th Circuit, 1822-25, 1834-37, 1850-53; secretary of state of Indiana, 1825-29; U.S. Representative from Indiana, 1839-41, 1845-49 (6th District 1839-41, 5th District 1845-49); postmaster at Indianapolis, Ind., 1853-57. Died in Franklin, Johnson County, Ind., May 19, 1868 (age 72 years, 86 days). Interment at Greenlawn Cemetery, Franklin, Ind.
  Relatives: Son of William Wick (died 1815) and Elizabeth (McFarland) Wick.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article
  Philip Herman Willkie (1919-1974) — also known as Philip H. Willkie — of Rushville, Rush County, Ind.; Manhattan, New York County, N.Y. Born December 7, 1919. Republican. Served in the U.S. Navy during World War II; lawyer; banker; farmer; alternate delegate to Republican National Convention from Indiana, 1948, 1960; member of Indiana state house of representatives, 1949-54. Member, Beta Theta Pi; Freemasons; Moose; Elks. Died April 10, 1974 (age 54 years, 124 days). Interment at East Hill Cemetery, Rushville, Ind.
  Relatives: Son of Edith (Wilk) Willkie (1890-1978) and Wendell Lewis Willkie (1892-1944).
  See also Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
Wendell L. Willkie Wendell Lewis Willkie (1892-1944) — also known as Wendell L. Willkie — of Akron, Summit County, Ohio. Born in Elwood, Madison County, Ind., February 18, 1892. Lawyer; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Ohio, 1924; Republican candidate for President of the United States, 1940. Episcopalian. German ancestry. Member, Freemasons. Died, of complications from a heart attack, in New York, New York County, N.Y., October 8, 1944 (age 52 years, 233 days). Interment at East Hill Cemetery, Rushville, Ind.
  Relatives: Son of Herman Francis Willkie and Henrietta (Trisch) Willkie; married 1919 to Edith Wilk (1890-1978); father of Philip Herman Willkie (1919-1974).
  Cross-reference: Mary A. Sleeth — Raymond Moley
  Campaign slogan: "We Want Willkie."
  See also Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Internet Movie Database profile — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Books about Wendell Willkie: Charles Peters, Five Days in Philadelphia: The Amazing "We Want Willkie!" Convention of 1940 and How It Freed FDR to Save the Western World — Steve Neal, Dark Horse: A Biography of Wendell Willkie
  Image source: Official Report of the 22nd Republican National Convention (1940)
Henry L. Wilson Henry Lane Wilson (1857-1932) — also known as Henry L. Wilson — of Lafayette, Tippecanoe County, Ind.; Spokane, Spokane County, Wash.; Indianapolis, Marion County, Ind. Born in Crawfordsville, Montgomery County, Ind., November 3, 1857. Republican. Newspaper editor; lawyer; banker; U.S. Minister to Chile, 1897-1904; Belgium, 1905-09; U.S. Ambassador to Mexico, 1909-12; delegate to Republican National Convention from Indiana, 1928. Member, Sons of the American Revolution; Society of Colonial Wars; Loyal Legion. Died in Indianapolis, Marion County, Ind., December 22, 1932 (age 75 years, 49 days). Entombed at Crown Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis, Ind.
  Relatives: Son of James Wilson (1825-1867) and Emma (Ingersoll) Wilson (1830-1912); brother of John Lockwood Wilson; married 1885 to Alice Vajen; grandson of John Wilson; granduncle of William Cassius Goodloe III.
  Political family: Wilson-Dunn-Goodloe family of Indiana (subset of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also Wikipedia article — U.S. State Dept career summary — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Image source: American Monthly Review of Reviews, August 1897
  James Wilson (1825-1867) — of Crawfordsville, Montgomery County, Ind. Born in Crawfordsville, Montgomery County, Ind., April 9, 1825. Republican. Served in the U.S. Army during the Mexican War; lawyer; U.S. Representative from Indiana 8th District, 1857-61; colonel in the Union Army during the Civil War; U.S. Minister to Venezuela, 1866-67, died in office 1867. Died in Caracas, Venezuela, August 8, 1867 (age 42 years, 121 days). Interment at Oak Hill Cemetery, Crawfordsville, Ind.
  Relatives: Son of John Wilson (1796-1864) and Margaret (Cochrane) Wilson (1807-1855); married to Emma Ingersoll (1830-1912); father of John Lockwood Wilson and Henry Lane Wilson; great-grandfather of William Cassius Goodloe III.
  Political family: Wilson-Dunn-Goodloe family of Indiana (subset of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — U.S. State Dept career summary
  Simeon Kalfius Wolfe (1824-1888) — of Corydon, Harrison County, Ind.; New Albany, Floyd County, Ind. Born near Georgetown, Floyd County, Ind., February 14, 1824. Democrat. Lawyer; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Indiana, 1860; member of Indiana state senate, 1860-64; U.S. Representative from Indiana 2nd District, 1873-75; circuit judge in Indiana, 1880-84. Died in New Albany, Floyd County, Ind., November 18, 1888 (age 64 years, 278 days). Interment at Fairview Cemetery, New Albany, Ind.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  Thomas Jefferson Wood (1844-1908) — of Crown Point, Lake County, Ind. Born in Athens County, Ohio, September 30, 1844. Democrat. Lawyer; Lake County Prosecuting Attorney, 1872-76; member of Indiana state senate, 1878-82; U.S. Representative from Indiana 10th District, 1883-85. Died in Crown Point, Lake County, Ind., October 15, 1908 (age 64 years, 15 days). Interment at Maplewood Memorial Cemetery, Crown Point, Ind.
  Presumably named for: Thomas Jefferson
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Find-A-Grave memorial
  William Robert Wood (1861-1933) — also known as William R. Wood; Will R. Wood — of Lafayette, Tippecanoe County, Ind. Born in Oxford, Benton County, Ind., January 5, 1861. Republican. Lawyer; law partner of J. Frank Hanly; director and attorney, City National Bank; director, Lafayette Telephone Co.; Tippecanoe County Prosecuting Attorney, 1890-94; member of Indiana state senate, 1896-1914; delegate to Republican National Convention from Indiana, 1912, 1928 (speaker); U.S. Representative from Indiana 10th District, 1915-33. Member, Freemasons; Elks; Knights of Pythias. Died in 1933 (age about 72 years). Interment at Spring Vale Cemetery, Lafayette, Ind.
  Relatives: Son of Robert Wood and Matilda (Hickman) Wood; married, May 16, 1883, to Mary E. Geiger.
  Epitaph: "Served his state and country with marked distinction and honor."
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Find-A-Grave memorial
  John Walter Yeager (b. 1891) — also known as John W. Yeager — of Omaha, Douglas County, Neb. Born in Richland, Spencer County, Ind., March 1, 1891. Lawyer; served in the U.S. Army during World War I; district judge in Nebraska 4th District, 1933-; justice of Nebraska state supreme court, 1940-. Presbyterian. German and Scotch-Irish ancestry. Member, Freemasons; Shriners; Elks; Knights of Pythias; Odd Fellows; Eagles; American Legion; Veterans of Foreign Wars; American Bar Association; Delta Theta Phi. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Wilhelm Carl Yeager and Laura Elizabeth (Barton) Yeager; married, June 28, 1922, to Lena E. Deeg.
  Jonathan Stoltzfus Yoder (1881-1959) — of Goshen, Elkhart County, Ind. Born in Weilersville, Wayne County, Ohio, September 13, 1881. Republican. Lawyer; member of Indiana state house of representatives from Elkhart County, 1917-20; president of two milk condensing firms. Methodist. German and Swiss ancestry. Member, Rotary. Died in Goshen, Elkhart County, Ind., April 22, 1959 (age 77 years, 221 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Married 1911 to Nelle Catherine Colburn (died 1919); married 1920 to Mrs. Laura Ethel Cole.
  Todd Christopher Young (b. 1972) — also known as Todd C. Young — of Bloomington, Monroe County, Ind. Born in Lancaster, Lancaster County, Pa., August 24, 1972. Republican. Aide to U.S. Sen Richard Lugar, 2001-03; lawyer; U.S. Representative from Indiana 9th District, 2011-17; U.S. Senator from Indiana, 2017-. Still living as of 2018.
  See also congressional biography — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier
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