William E. McVey

William Estus McVey, (born on a farm near Lee’s Creek, Clinton County, Ohio, December 13, 1885 and died in Washington D.C. August 10, 1958) was a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives representing Illinois' 4th congressional district from 1951 until his death.

William E. McVey
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 4th district
In office
January 3, 1951 – August 10, 1958
Preceded byJames V. Buckley
Succeeded byEd Derwinski
Personal details
Born(1885-12-13)December 13, 1885
Clinton County, Ohio
DiedAugust 10, 1958(1958-08-10) (aged 72)
Washington, D.C.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Elizabeth King McVey, Katharine Johnson McVey

He attended public schools; graduated from Ohio University where he was a member of Phi Kappa Tau fraternity in 1916 and from the University of Chicago in 1919.

He was division superintendent in the Bureau of Education, Philippine Islands, 1908–1914; director of extension, Ohio University, 1916–1919; superintendent of Thornton Township High School and Junior College, Harvey, Illinois, 1919–1947; president of North Central Association of Colleges and Schools in 1943 and 1944; professor of education at De Paul University 1948-1950; author; elected assessor of Thornton Township in 1949; elected as a Republican to the Eighty-second and to the three succeeding Congresses until his death in 1958. McVey voted in favor of the Civil Rights Act of 1957.[1] He had been renominated to the Eighty-sixth Congress but died before the 1958 elections. He is buried in Linwood Cemetery, Galesburg, Illinois.

His first wife, Elizabeth King McVey, died of appendicitis on December 30, 1923 in Harvey, Illinois at age 38. He was later married to Katharine Johnson and was a member of the Episcopal Church, Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Delta Kappa and Phi Kappa Tau.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "HR 6127. CIVIL RIGHTS ACT OF 1957". GovTrack.us.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 4th congressional district

Succeeded by