William Halsted WILEY, Congress, NJ (1842-1925)


WILEY, William Halsted, a Representative from New Jersey; born in New York City July 10, 1842; attended private schools; was graduated from the College of the City of New York in 1861; entered the Union Army in 1860 as a member of the Seventh New York Volunteers; was promoted to first lieutenant of Volunteers in 1862 and mustered out with the rank of brevet major in 1864 by the consolidation of his regiment; was graduated from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, N.Y., in 1866; attended the Columbia College School of Mines in 1868; engaged in civil engineering and also as a superintendent of a mine for several years; member of the township committee of East Orange, N.J., 1886-1888, and president one year; in 1897 was president of one of the juries at the International Exposition in Brussels and a member of the superior jury; appointed by the Governor of New Jersey a member of the commission for the Louisiana Purchase Exposition at St. Louis, Mo., in 1904; elected as a Republican to the Fifty-eighth and Fifty-ninth Congresses (March 4, 1903-March 3, 1907); was an unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1906; elected to the Sixty-first Congress (March 4, 1909-March 3, 1911); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1910 to the Sixty-second Congress; a publisher in New York City, with residence in East Orange, N.J.; during the First World War served as the representative of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers on the National Preparedness Committee and became its chairman; died in East Orange, N.J., May 2, 1925; interment in Rosedale Cemetery.

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