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William Walter Phelps

congressman , diplomat

William Walter Phelps, American congressman, diplomat. member United States House of Representatives (Republican) from New Jersey, 43d, 48th-50th congresses, 1873-1875, 83-89.

Background

Phelps, William Walter was born on August 24, 1839 in Dandoff, Pennsylvania, United States. Son of John Jay and Rachel (Phinney) Phelps.

Education

Graduated from Yale, 1860. Bachelor of Laws, School Law, Columbia, 1863.

Career

Numerous corporations, New York City. Moved to Englewood, New Jersey, 1869. Member United States House of Representatives (Republican) from New Jersey, 43d, 48th-50th congresses, 1873-1875, 83-89.

Delegate Republican National Conv. 1880, 84; appointed United States minister to Austria-Hungary, 1881, to Germany, 1889. Commissioner International Congress on Samoan Question (appointed by President Harrison), 1889.

Appointed judge New Jersey Court Errors and Appeals, 1893.

Membership

Member United States House of Representatives (Republican) from New Jersey, 43d, 48th-50th congresses, 1873-1875, 83-89.

Connections

Married Ellen Maria Sheffield, June 26, 1860, 3 children.

father:
John Jay Phelps

mother:
Rachel (Phinney) Phelps

spouse:
Ellen Maria Sheffield