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William Howard Wheat (February 19, 1879 – January 16, 1944) was a U.S. Representative from Illinois.

William H. Wheat
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 19th district
In office
January 3, 1939 – January 16, 1944
Preceded byHugh M. Rigney
Succeeded byRolla C. McMillen
Personal details
Born(1879-02-19)February 19, 1879
Kahoka, Missouri
DiedJanuary 16, 1944(1944-01-16) (aged 64)
Washington, D.C.
Political partyRepublican

Born in Kahoka, Missouri, Wheat attended the public schools of Brookfield and Chillicothe, Missouri, and Chaddock College and Gem City Business College, Quincy, Illinois. He served as clerk in clothing stores in Quincy and Bloomington, Illinois. He moved to Thomasboro, Illinois, in 1900, becoming engaged as bookkeeper and later cashier of a bank. In 1909 moved to Rantoul, Illinois, and served as vice president and president of banking institutions. He was also interested in agriculture. He was school treasurer of Rantoul, Illinois, for a number of years. He was an unsuccessful candidate for election to the Seventy-fifth Congress.

Wheat was elected as a Republican to the Seventy-sixth, Seventy-seventh, and Seventy-eighth Congresses and served from January 3, 1939, until his death in Washington, D.C., January 16, 1944. He was interred in Maplewood Cemetery, Rantoul, Illinois.

See alsoEdit


  • United States Congress. "William H. Wheat (id: W000327)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Hugh M. Rigney
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 19th congressional district

January 3, 1939 - January 16, 1944
Succeeded by
Rolla C. McMillen