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William Lyne Wilson

congressman , college president , United States postmaster general

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