Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
WAMPLER, William Creed (1926-2012)

WAMPLER, WILLIAM CREED, A Representative from Virginia; born in Pennington Gap, Lee County, Va., April 21, 1926; attended the public schools in Bristol, Va.; enlisted on May 21, 1943, in the United States Navy as a seaman and served for twenty-seven months until discharged September 29, 1945; member of the Naval Reserve, V-6; resumed his education and was graduated from Virginia Polytechnic Institute, Blacksburg, Va., in 1948 and studied law at the University of Virginia 1948-1950; reporter, Bristol, Va.-Tennessean in 1950 and 1951; reporter, editorial writer, Big Stone Gap (Va.) Post 1951; reporter, copy editor, Bristol Herald Courier in 1951 and 1952; member of board of visitors of Emory and Henry College, Emory, Va.; Republican assistant campaign manager for Ninth Congressional District elections in 1948; president of the Young Republican Federation of Virginia in 1950 and served as keynote speaker and permanent chairman of the Ninth District Republican Convention the same year; elected as a Republican to the Eighty-third Congress (January 3, 1953-January 3, 1955); was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1954 to the Eighty-fourth Congress; with Atomic Energy Commission from January 1955 to March 1956; unsuccessful candidate for election in 1956 to the Eighty-fifth Congress; vice president and general manager of Wampler Brothers Furniture Co., Bristol, Va., 1957-1960; vice president and general manager of Wampler Carpet Co., 1961-1966; elected to the Ninetieth and to the seven succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1967-January 3, 1983); was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1982; appointed to the Board of Visitors of Viriginia Polytechnic Institute, Blacksburg, Va., 1978-1982; businessman; died on May 23, 2012, in Bristol, Va.; interment at Mountain View Cemetery in Bristol, Va.

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Special Collections Department, University Libraries
Blacksburg, VA
Papers: 1976-1982, approximately 200 cubic feet.
The papers of William Creed Wampler legislative files, committee files for House Agriculture Committee and Select Committee on Aging, constituency correspondence, speeches, photos, and other papers. An inventory is available in the repository.

  • Ralph Nader Congress Project. Citizens Look at Congress: William C. Wampler, Republican Representative from Virginia. Washington, D. C.: Grossman Publishers, 1972.