William H. Dieterich

William Henry Dieterich (March 31, 1876 – October 12, 1940) was an American lawyer and Democratic politician from Illinois. He was a state legislator, U.S. Representative, and U.S. Senator

William Henry Dieterich
United States Senator
from Illinois
In office
March 4, 1933 – January 3, 1939
Preceded byOtis F. Glenn
Succeeded byScott W. Lucas
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Illinois's at-large district
In office
March 4, 1931 – March 3, 1933
Preceded byRuth H. McCormick
Succeeded byMartin A. Brennan
Member of the Illinois House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
Born(1876-03-31)March 31, 1876
Cooperstown, Illinois
DiedOctober 12, 1940(1940-10-12) (aged 64)
Springfield, Illinois
Political partyDemocratic


He was born near Cooperstown, Illinois. After graduating from Kennedy Business College in 1897 and Northern Indiana Law School in 1901, Dieterich was admitted to the bar and began to practice in Rushville, Illinois.[1] During the Spanish–American War, he served as a corporal.

He was city attorney for Rushville, 1903–1907; treasurer of Rushville Union Schools 1906–1908; and county judge of Schuyler County, 1906–1910.[1]

In 1911 he moved to Chicago, and then in 1912 to Beardstown, Illinois, in Cass County, adjacent to Schuyler, where he continued his law practice.[1]

In 1916, he was elected to the Illinois House of Representatives, and re-elected in 1918, serving from 1917 to 1921.[1]

In 1930, he was elected U.S. Representative from one of Illinois' two at-large seats, finishing ahead of both Republicans and the other Democrat.[2] He served only one term.[1]

In 1932, he declined re-nomination to the House, and instead ran for U.S. Senator. He defeated incumbent Republican Otis Glenn 52% to 46%.[3]

He served one term, from 1933 to 1939. He did not run for re-election in 1938, instead returning to his law practice. He died in Springfield, Illinois during a business trip.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f
    • United States Congress. "William H. Dieterich (id: D000339)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  2. ^ Page, William Tyler (January 6, 1931). "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 1930" (PDF). Office of the Clerk of the House of Representatives. Retrieved April 21, 2012.
  3. ^ Ellis, George D. (February 2, 1933). "Statistics of the Congressional and Presidential Election of November 8, 1932" (PDF). Office of the Clerk of the House of Representatives. Retrieved April 21, 2012.

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Party political offices
Preceded by
Anton Cermak
Democratic nominee for U.S. Senator from Illinois
(Class 3)

Succeeded by
Scott W. Lucas
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Ruth H. McCormick
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's at-large congressional district

March 4, 1931 – March 3, 1933
Succeeded by
Martin A. Brennan
U.S. Senate
Preceded by
Otis F. Glenn
U.S. senator (Class 3) from Illinois
Served alongside: J. Hamilton Lewis
Succeeded by
Scott W. Lucas