WEDEMEYER, William Walter (1873-1913)

WEDEMEYER, WILLIAM WALTER, a Representative from Michigan; born near Lima Township, Washtenaw County, Mich., March 22, 1873; attended the district schools and Ann Arbor High School; was graduated from the law department of the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor in 1895; member of the board of school examiners in 1894 and 1895; was admitted to the bar in 1895; county commissioner of schools 1895-1897; deputy commissioner of railroads for Michigan 1897-1899; commenced the practice of law at Ann Arbor in 1899; chairman of the Republican State convention in 1903; American consul at Georgetown, British Guiana, during the summer of 1905; member of the Republican State central committee 1906-1910; elected as a Republican to the Sixty-second Congress and served from March 4, 1911, until his death; was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1912 to the Sixty-third Congress; while on an official visit to Colon, Panama, was accidentally drowned in the harbor of that port on January 2, 1913; remains were never recovered.

University of Michigan
Michigan Historical Collections, Bentley Historical Library
Ann Arbor, MI
Papers: 1890-1913, 1 linear foot.
The papers of William Walter Wedemeyer include political and business correspondence, notes and addresses, and other materials relating to his business interests and political career; also papers concerning his trips to Alaska, British Guiana, and Panama. A finding aid is available in the library.

Papers: In the Junius Emery Beal Papers, 1869-1946, 15.3 linear feet.
Persons represented include William Walter Wedemeyer. A finding aid is available in the library and online.

Papers: In the Royal Samuel Copeland Papers, ca. 1862-1938, 37 linear feet and 45 oversize volumes.
Subjects include William Walter Wedemeyer. A finding aid is available in the library and online.

Papers: In the Morris Stuart Hall Papers, 1860-1912, 0.2 linear foot and 1 oversize folder.
Subjects include William Walter Wedemeyer.

Papers: In the Harry Burns Hutchins Papers, 1879-1930, 22 linear feet.
Persons represented include William Walter Wedemeyer. A finding aid is available in the library and online.

Papers: In the Earl C. Michener Papers, ca. 1898-1954, 13 linear feet.
Persons represented include William Walter Wedemeyer. A finding aid is available in the library.

Papers: In the James Orin Murfin Papers, 1896-1940, 8 linear feet.
Persons represented include William Walter Wedemeyer. A finding aid is available in the library and online.

Papers: In the Frank T. Newton Papers, 1900-1931, 1 linear foot.
Correspondents include William W. Wedemeyer. A finding aid is available in the library.


Yale University Library
Manuscripts and Archives
New Haven, CT
Papers: In the Yale Peruvian Expedition Papers, 1908-1948, 16.25 linear feet.
Subjects include William Walter Wedemeyer. An unpublished finding aid is available in the library.

  • United States. 62d Cong., 3d sess., 1912-1913. William W. Wedemeyer (late a Representative from Michigan) Memorial addresses delivered in the House of Representatives and the Senate of the United States, Sixty-second Congress. Proceedings in the House, February 16, 1913. Proceedings in the Senate, February 22, 1913. Prepared under the direction of the Joint Committee on Printing. Washington: [Government Printing Office], 1914.