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judge , lawyer , politician , member of the Vermont House of Representatives

Hoyt Henry Wheeler was a United States federal judge.


Wheeler, Hoyt Henry was born on August 30, 1833 in Chesterfield, New Hampshire, United States. Son of John and Roxana (Hall) Wheeler.


Education common schools, Chesterfield Academy, and select schools at Newfane, Vermont. (Doctor of Laws, University of Vermont, 1859).


Born in Chesterfield, New Hampshire, Wheeler was raised in Chesterfield and in Newfane, Vermont. He also taught at schools in Dummerston, Newfane, Townshend, and Westminster. Wheeler later began to read law, studying in the offices of Charles K. Field, Jonathan D. Bradley and George Bradley Kellogg.

He was a judge on the Vermont Supreme Court from 1869 to 1877. On March 15, 1877, Wheeler was nominated by President Rutherford B. Hayes to a seat on the United States District Court for the District of Vermont vacated by David Allen Smalley. Wheeler was confirmed by the United States Senate on March 16, 1877, and received his commission the same day.

According to contemporary accounts, Wheeler had not sought the appointment, but received it because he had made a favorable impression on Hayes when Hayes visited Newfane. (Hayes's family was originally from nearby Dummerston)\r\n In 1886 Wheeler received the honorary degree of LL.D. from the University of Vermont. He retired on September 30, 1906, and died less than two months later in Brattleboro, Vermont.

Wheeler was buried at Morningside Cemetery in Brattleboro.


A Republican, Wheeler was a member of the Vermont House of Representatives in 1867, and of the Vermont State Senate from 1868 to 1869.


Married Minnie L. Maclay, October 24, 1861.

John Wheeler

Roxana (Hall) Wheeler

Minnie L. Maclay