Grattan H. Wheeler

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Grattan Henry Wheeler
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Grattan H. Wheeler, Congressman from New York
Member of the New York Senate
from the Sixth (Class 1) district
In office
1828–1831
Preceded byLatham A. Burrows
Succeeded byJohn G. McDowell
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 28th district
In office
1831–1833
Preceded byJohn Magee
Succeeded byFrederick Whittlesey
Personal details
Born(1783-08-25)August 25, 1783
Providence, Rhode Island, United States
DiedMarch 11, 1852(1852-03-11) (aged 68)
Wheeler, New York, United States
Resting placeWheeler Family Cemetery, Wheeler, New York, United States
Political partyAnti-Mason
Other political
affiliations
Whig

Grattan Henry Wheeler (August 25, 1783 – March 11, 1852) was an American politician from New York.

Life[edit]

Grattan H. Wheeler was born near Providence, Rhode Island on August 25, 1783.[1] He was the son of Silas Wheeler (1752–1827), a veteran of the American Revolution who took part in the burning of the Gaspée.[2]

Later in the Revolution, Silas Wheeler joined the crew of a privateer. He was captured by the British and jailed in Kinsale, Ireland. He escaped with the help of the Irish Patriot, Henry Grattan. In gratitude, Silas Wheeler named his son after Grattan.[3]

Grattan Wheeler attended public and preparatory schools in Rhode Island. He moved to Steuben County, New York with his parents in 1800, and became a farmer, lumberman and winemaker.[4] The Wheeler family founded Wheeler, the Steuben County town that was named for them.[5]

Wheeler was active in the New York Militia, and attained the rank of Lieutenant Colonel as a member of the 96th Infantry Regiment.[6] He also served as Wheeler's Town Supervisor from 1823 to 1824.[7]

He was a member of the New York State Assembly in 1822, 1824 and 1826.[8]

He was a member of the New York State Senate from 1828 to 1831, sitting in the 51st, 52nd, 53rd and 54th New York State Legislatures.[9]

Wheeler was elected as an Anti-Mason to the 22nd United States Congress, holding office from March 4, 1831 to March 3, 1833.[10][11]

He was a presidential elector on the Whig ticket in 1840, voting for William Henry Harrison and John Tyler.[12]

Grattan Wheeler died in Wheeler on March 11, 1852. He was buried at the Wheeler Family Cemetery in Wheeler.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Albert Gallatin Wheeler, American College of Genealogy, The Genealogical and Encyclopedic History of the Wheeler Family in America, 1914, Page 170
  2. ^ Lewis Cass Aldrich, Landmarks of Steuben County, New York, 1896, page 444
  3. ^ Lewis Publishing A Centennial Biographical History of Seneca County, Ohio, 1902, page 682
  4. ^ Aldrich, Landmarks of Steuben County, page 42
  5. ^ The Gazette Company (Elmira, N.Y.), An Outline History of Tioga and Bradford Counties in Pennsylvania, Chemung, Steuben, Tioga, Tompkins, Schuyler Counties in New York, 1895, pages 201-202
  6. ^ Council of Appointment of the State of New York, Military Minutes of the Council of Appointment of the State of New York, Volume 2, 1901, pages 1588-1589
  7. ^ The Gazette Company, An Outline History, pages 202
  8. ^ Weed, Parsons & Co., The New York Civil List, 1858, page 315
  9. ^ Weed, Parsons & Co., Civil List and Forms of Government of the Colony and State of New York, 1879, page 140
  10. ^ Duff Green, Journal of the House of Representatives, Second Session, 22nd Congress, 1832, page 4
  11. ^ Edwin Williams, The New York Annual Register, 1831, page 30
  12. ^ Hezekiah Niles, Niles' Weekly Register, Volumes 59-60, December 12, 1840, page 229
  13. ^ Clifford Merrill Drury, Henry Harmon Spalding, 1936, page 23

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New York State Senate
Preceded by
Latham A. Burrows
New York State Senate
Sixth District (Class 1)

1828–1831
Succeeded by
John G. McDowell
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
John Magee
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 28th congressional district

1831–1833
Succeeded by
Frederick Whittlesey