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William Walter WEDEMEYER

(1873-1913)

WEDEMEYER, William Walter, a Representative from Michigan; born near Lima Township, Washtenaw County, Mich., March 22, 1873; attended the district schools and Ann Arbor High School; was graduated from the law department of the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor in 1895; member of the board of school examiners in 1894 and 1895; was admitted to the bar in 1895; county commissioner of schools 1895-1897; deputy commissioner of railroads for Michigan 1897-1899; commenced the practice of law at Ann Arbor in 1899; chairman of the Republican State convention in 1903; American consul at Georgetown, British Guiana, during the summer of 1905; member of the Republican State central committee 1906-1910; elected as a Republican to the Sixty-second Congress and served from March 4, 1911, until his death; was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1912 to the Sixty-third Congress; while on an official visit to Colon, Panama, was accidentally drowned in the harbor of that port on January 2, 1913; remains were never recovered.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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