He graduated from Brown University in 1947 and Harvard University Law School in 1950.
He served in the United States Army Air Corps from 1942 until 1945. He served in the United States attorney"s office for the Eastern District of New York from 1953 until 1959. He was elected to Congress in 1962 and served from January 3, 1963 until January 3, 1981.
He was a delegate to the 1968 Republican National Convention.
On December 24, 1987, the United States. Post Office at Garden City, New York was named in his honor. In addition, the John West. Wydler Government Documents Depository, Axinn Library, at Hofstra University, was also dedicated to him.
Wydler is buried in the Cemetery of the Holy Rood in Westbury, New New York