William Almon Wheeler

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William Almon Wheeler (June 30, 1819 – June 4, 1887) was a Representative from New York and the nineteenth Vice President of the United States. When Congress voted a pay raise in 1873 and made it retroactive for five years, Wheeler not only voted against the raise, but returned his salary adjustment to the Treasury department. Governor Hayes, when he heard of what had happened, remarked: “I am ashamed to say: Who is Wheeler?” Not having done much campaigning, Wheeler didn’t participate in the firestorm that took place after the election results were in November 1876.


Benson John Lossing, ed. Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (vol. 10) (New York, NY: Harper and Brothers, 1912)


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