HEILMAN, William, (great-grandfather of Charles Marion LaFollette), a Representative from Indiana; born in Albig, Duchy of Hesse-Darmstadt, Germany, October 11, 1824; immigrated to the United States in 1843 and settled on a farm in Vanderburg County, Ind.; moved to Evansville, Ind.; worked for a manufacturing company and subsequently became president of a cotton mill; founded a machine shop for the manufacture of drills in 1847; member of the city council 1852-1865; member of the State house of representatives 1870-1876; delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1876; served in the State senate from 1876 until March 3, 1879; elected as a Republican to the Forty-sixth and Forty-seventh Congresses (March 4, 1879-March 3, 1883); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1882 to the Forty-eighth Congress; resumed his former business activities; died in Evansville, Ind., September 22, 1890; interment in Oak Hill Cemetery.
BibliographyJohnson, Mary Rose Heilman. William Heilman: Immigrant’s Outstanding Achievements. N. p.: Tropical Press, 1982.
Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present