Wheeler, Wayne Bidwell

Wheeler, Wayne Bidwell, 1869–1927, American prohibitionist and lawyer, b. Brookfield, Ohio. After his graduation (1898) from Western Reserve law school, he became increasingly important in the Ohio Anti-Saloon League. Under his direction the league opposed and helped to defeat the incumbent and antiprohibition governor of Ohio, Myron T. Herrick, in 1906. As attorney for the National Anti-Saloon League, Wheeler was prominent in the fight for prohibition legislation, notably the Eighteenth Amendment to the Constitution and the Volstead Act.

See biography by J. Steuart (1928, repr. 1970).

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