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Order: 19th Vice President
Term of Office: March 4, 1877-
March 3, 1881
Preceded: Henry Wilson
Succeeded: Chester A. Arthur
Date of Birth June 30, 1819
Date of Death: June 4, 1887
Place of Birth: Malone, New York
Wife: Mary King
Profession: Lawyer
Political Party: Republican
President: Rutherford B. Hayes

William Almon Wheeler (June 30, 1819June 4, 1887) was a Representative from New York and the nineteenth Vice President of the United States.

Wheeler was born in Malone, Franklin County, New York, and attended the University of Vermont. He was admitted to the bar in 1845 and practiced in Malone. He was district attorney for Franklin County from 1846 to 1849. He was a member of the state Assembly in 1850 and 1851 and a member of the state Senate from 1858 to 1860. He was elected as a Republican to the Thirty-seventh Congress (March 4, 1861 - March 3, 1863). He was a delegate to the state constitutional conventions in 1867 and 1868, and was elected to the Forty-first and to the three succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1869 - March 3, 1877).

Wheeler was not a candidate for reelection, having been nominated in 1876 as the Republican candidate for Vice President. He was elected on the Republican ticket with Rutherford B. Hayes in 1876. He was inaugurated in March 1877 and served until March 1881. He retired from public life and active business pursuits because of ill health, and died in Malone. He was interred in Morningside Cemetery.


Preceded by:
Henry Wilson
Republican Party Vice Presidential candidate
1876 (won)
Succeeded by:
Chester A. Arthur
Preceded by:
Henry Wilson
Vice President of the United States
March 4, 1877March 3, 1881
Succeeded by:
Chester A. Arthur

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