69th Congress Pictorial Directory, Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
WHEELER, Loren Edgar (1862-1932)

WHEELER, LOREN EDGAR, a Representative from Illinois; born in Havana, Mason County, Ill., October 7, 1862; attended the public schools and Graylock Institute, South Williamstown, Mass.; moved to Springfield, Ill., in 1880 and engaged in the ice and coal business until 1910 when he became identified with the advertising business; member of the board of aldermen 1895-1897; mayor of Springfield 1897-1901; delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1900; postmaster of Springfield 1901-1913; elected as a Republican to the Sixty-fourth and to the three succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1915-March 3, 1923); chairman, Committee on Railways and Canals (Sixty-sixth and Sixty-seventh Congresses); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1922 to the Sixty-eighth Congress; again elected to the Sixty-ninth Congress (March 4, 1925-March 3, 1927); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1926 to the Seventieth Congress; continued his former business activities in Springfield, Ill., until his death there on January 8, 1932; interment in Oak Ridge Cemetery.

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