ENGLISH, William Eastin (1850-1926)

ENGLISH, WILLIAM EASTIN, (son of William Hayden English), a Representative from Indiana; born at ``Englishton Park,'' near Lexington, Scott County, Ind., November 3, 1850; moved to Indianapolis in 1865; attended public and private schools; was graduated from the law department of the Northwestern Christian (now Butler) University at Indianapolis in 1873; was admitted to the bar the same year and practiced in Indianapolis until 1882; member of the State house of representatives in 1880; successfully contested as a Democrat the election of Stanton J. Peelle to the Forty-eighth Congress and served from May 22, 1884, to March 3, 1885; declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1884 and resumed his former business pursuits at Indianapolis; delegate to the Democratic National Conventions in 1892 and 1896, and chairman of the committee on rules and order of business in the former; left the Democratic Party in 1900 and became active in the Republican Party; served as captain and aide-de-camp on the staff of Gen. Joseph Wheeler in the Spanish-American War; delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1912; elected a member of the State senate in 1916; reelected in 1920 and again in 1924 and served until his death in Indianapolis, Ind., April 29, 1926; interment in Crown Hill Cemetery.

Indiana Historical Society
Manuscript and Visual Collections Department, William Henry Smith Memorial Library
Indianapolis, IN
Papers: 1899, 1 item.
A letter from Charles W. Fairbanks to William E. English written on February 17, 1899. In the letter, Charles Fairbanks writes how he recently has met a General Wheeler and spoken with him about William English. The General Wheeler mentioned might have been Joseph Wheeler (1836–1906), a former Confederate Major General and Calvary Commander. The letter is on United States Senate letterhead.

Papers: In the Albert Jeremiah Beveridge Papers, 1907-1908, 1 folder.
The papers include two letters from Albert Beveridge to William E. English congratulating him on his nomination as state senator. A finding aid is available in the repository and online.

Papers: In the William Hayden English Family Papers, 1741-1928, approximately 38 feet.
The papers contain legal briefs concerning William Eastin English's contested election to Congress (1882); correspondence regarding politics, his business interests, and the formation of a Spanish-American War veterans organization; business papers; correspondence and personal papers of his wife. A finding aid is available in the repository and online.

Photographs: In the Theodore Roosevelt Photographs, 1907, 1 box.
Personse represented include William Eastin English. A finding aid is available in the repository and online.