WHEELER, Frank Willis (1853-1921)

WHEELER, FRANK WILLIS, a Representative from Michigan; born in Chaumont, Jefferson County, N.Y., March 2, 1853; attended the common schools; moved to Michigan in 1864 with his parents, who settled in East Saginaw; attended the Saginaw High School and the Ypsilanti State Normal School; engaged in boatbuilding; moved to West Bay City, Mich., in 1876; became master of the Saginaw River Tug Association; engaged in shipbuilding at the Bay Cities for many years; elected as a Republican to the Fifty-first Congress (March 4, 1889-March 3, 1891); was not a candidate for renomination in 1890; engaged in his former pursuits until 1899, when he moved to Detroit; returned to Saginaw in 1917 and organized the Saginaw Shipbuilding Co., and was engaged in building boats for the United States Government; died in Saginaw, Mich., August 9, 1921; interment in Elm Lawn Cemetery, Bay City, Mich.

University of Michigan
Michigan Historical Collections, Bentley Historical Library
Ann Arbor, MI
Papers: 1888-1917, approximately 100 items and 1 oversize volume.
The papers of Frank Willis Wheeler contain newspaper clippings and scattered manuscript items largely relating to shipbuilding on the Great Lakes, particularly the activities of his firm at Bay City, Michigan and his political career. Also included are a few letters from James G. Blaine, 1890.

Photographs: 1880s-1930s, 1 volume and 1 folder.
The photographs of Frank Willis Wheeler contain photographs of ships, shipyards, and the Wheeler home.