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William Lyne Wilson

William Lyne Wilson, congressman, United States postmaster general, college president. member United States House of Representatives (Democrat) from West Virginia, 48th-53d congresses, 1883-1895, continually fought for downward revision of tariff.

Background

  • Wilson, William Lyne was born on May 3, 1843 in Middleway, Virginia (now West Virginia). Son of Benjamin and Mary Whiting (Lyne) Wilson.

  • Education

    • Graduate Columbian College (now George Washington University), 1860, Bachelor of Laws, 1867. Attended University of Virginia, 1860-1861.

    Career

    • Enlisted in 12th Virginia Cavalry during Civil War, 1861. Served in Shenandoah Valley, 1861-1863. Later fought with J. E. B. Stuart and was with Lee at Appomattox.

      Assistant professor ancient langs. Columbian College, 1865-1871. Law partner with cousin George W. Baylor, 1871-1882.

      President West Virginia University, 1882. Member United States House of Representatives (Democrat) from West Virginia, 48th-53d congresses, 1883-1895, continually fought for downward revision of tariff. Permanent chairman National Democratic Convention, 1892.

      United States postmaster general under President Cleveland, 1895-1897, began rural free delivery and enlarged classified list of civil service. President Washington and Lee University, Lexington, Virginia, 1896-1900.

    Membership

    Member United States House of Representatives (Democrat) from West Virginia, 48th-53d congresses, 1883-1895, continually fought for downward revision of tariff.

    Connections

    • Married Nannine Huntington, August 6, 1868.
    • father: Benjamin Wilson
    • mother: Mary Whiting (Lyne) Wilson
    • spouse: Nannine Huntington
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    Born March 3, 1843
    Died October 17, 1900
    (aged 57)
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