Nelson Platt WHEELER, Congress, PA (1841-1920)


WHEELER, Nelson Platt, a Representative from Pennsylvania; born in Portville, Cattaraugus County, N.Y., November 4, 1841; attended the public schools and academies in Olean and Deposit, N.Y.; became a surveyor and civil engineer; moved to Endeavor, Forest County, Pa.; engaged in the lumber business and also interested in agricultural pursuits and banking; elected county commissioner in 1866; held various township offices; member of the State house of representatives in 1878 and 1879; declined to be a candidate for renomination; elected as a Republican to the Sixtieth and Sixty-first Congresses (March 4, 1907-March 3, 1911); unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1910, but the primary election being contested, his opponent subsequently withdrew and he was tendered the congressional nomination, but declined; resumed his former business pursuits in Endeavor, Pa.; owing to ill health, moved to Pasadena, Los Angeles County, Calif., in 1915, and died there on March 3, 1920; interment in Mountain View Cemetery.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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