John S. Wold
John Schiller Wold (August 31, 1916 – February 19, 2017) was an American business executive and Republican politician from Wyoming who served a single term in the United States House of Representatives from 1969 to 1971. He was the first professional geologist to have served in Congress.
John S. Wold
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Wyoming's At-large district
January 3, 1969 – January 3, 1971
|Preceded by||William H. Harrison|
|Succeeded by||Teno Roncalio|
John Schiller Wold
August 31, 1916
East Orange, New Jersey, U.S.
|Died||February 19, 2017 (aged 100)|
Casper, Wyoming, U.S.
(m. 1946; died 2015)
|Alma mater||Union College, Cornell University|
Wold graduated from Union College in Schenectady, New York in 1938 and Cornell University in 1939 with degrees in geology. During World War II, he served as a consulting physicist and gunnery officer for the U.S. Navy. In 1949, he moved to Wyoming to work for an oil company and founded his own company, Wold Oil Properties, a year later.
He entered politics in 1956, winning a seat to the Wyoming House of Representatives. He served one term from 1957 to 1959 and was the state's Republican chairman from 1960 to 1964. In 1964, he ran for the U.S. Senate against freshman incumbent Democrat Gale McGee, who won by a 54% to 46% margin. In 1968, he narrowly defeated on-again, off-again Congressman William Henry Harrison in the Republican primary before winning a decisive general election victory. Two years later, he gave up his House seat to run against incumbent Sen. Gale McGee again. He lost the race by 56% to 44% and returned to the private sector, but remained active as a Republican political donor.
Wold founded Wold Oil Properties, Inc. in 1950 in Casper, Wyoming. The company is, as of 2016, operated by his sons. In 2002, Wold made a $20 million donation to his alma mater, Union College—the biggest in its history. The American Heritage Center at the University of Wyoming named Wold as the "Wyoming Citizen of the Century" in the minerals, gas, and oil category in 1999.
He died on February 19, 2017 in Casper at the age of 100.
- Shaffer, William R. Party and Ideology in the United States Congress. University Press of America, 1980. 258.
- "John Wold, major Union College donor and 1938 grad, dies at 100". Daily Gazette. 2017-02-21.
- The Historical Encyclopedia of Wyoming, Volume 1. Wyoming Historical Institute, 1970. 253.
- "Casper oilman, philanthropist John Wold dies". Casper Star Tribune.
- John Wold ’38 celebrates 100th birthday, donates $5M in memory of wife, Jane
- Casper Businessman and Philanthropist John Wold Passes Away
- "Union receives $20 million gift from John and Jane Wold." 21 November 2002.
- United States Congress. "John S. Wold (id: W000671)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
- Political Contributions (Center for Responsive Politics Data)[permanent dead link]
|U.S. House of Representatives|
William Henry Harrison
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Wyoming's at-large congressional district
1969 – 1971
| Oldest Living United States Representative
(Sitting or Former)
December 10, 2016 – February 19, 2017
James D. Martin