Alexander Wiley
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Alexander Wiley
Alexander Wiley
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United States Senator
from Wisconsin

January 3, 1939 - January 3, 1963
F. Ryan Duffy
Gaylord Nelson
Personal details
Born(1884-05-26)May 26, 1884
Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin
DiedOctober 26, 1967(1967-10-26) (aged 83)
Germantown, Pennsylvania
NationalityAmerican
Political partyRepublican
Alma materUniversity of Michigan
OccupationAttorney, Politician

Alexander Wiley (May 26, 1884 - October 26, 1967) was a Republican who served four terms in the United States Senate for the state of Wisconsin from 1939 to 1963. When he left the Senate, he was its most senior Republican member.

Biography

Wiley was born in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin. He received his undergraduate education at Augsburg College in Minnesota and the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He received his law degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1907 and was also admitted to the bar the same year. He served as the Chippewa County district attorney from 1909 to 1915.[1]

Wiley was the Republican candidate for governor of Wisconsin in 1936, but his bid failed. Philip La Follette and the new Wisconsin Progressive Party, which split from the Republicans in 1934, won the election. In 1938, Wiley was elected to the U.S. Senate by defeating incumbent F. Ryan Duffy. In 1944, he was challenged by United States Marine Corps Captain Joseph R. McCarthy in the Republican primary. He defeated McCarthy and won the general election. Wiley, then an isolationist in foreign policy, and Governor Walter S. Goodland supported Republican presidential nominee Thomas E. Dewey in the 1944 race over incumbent Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Dewey won Wisconsin's electoral votes but fell far short nationally.[2]

Wiley was re-elected two more times in 1950 and 1956. In 1956, he was challenged by U.S. Representative Glenn Robert Davis in the Republican primary, but again prevailed. In 1962, Wiley lost his bid for a fifth term to Governor Gaylord Nelson, a liberal Democrat. Wiley was the last Republican to serve as U.S. Senator from Wisconsin until the election of former 9th district congressman Bob Kasten in 1980 United States Senate elections.

Wiley had a distinguished Senate career that included the chairmanship of both the Foreign Relations and Judiciary committees.

Wiley died in Germantown, Pennsylvania at age 83.[3] He was interred at Forest Hill Cemetery in Chippewa Falls. During his lifetime he was a member of the Freemasons, the Knights Templar, the Elks Club, the Kiwanis, the Knights of Pythias, the Moose International, the Sons of Norway, and Sigma Phi Epsilon.

Notes

  1. ^ Wisconsin Historical Society-Alexander Wiley
  2. ^ David M. Jordan, FDR, Dewey, and the Election of 1944 (Bloomington, Indiana: Indiana University Press, 2011), p. 279, ISBN 978-0-253-35683-3
  3. ^ "Former Sen. Wiley Is Dead at 83". The La Crosse Tribune. October 27, 1967. p. 1. Retrieved 2016 – via Newspapers.com.open access

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U.S. Senate
Preceded by
F. Ryan Duffy
U.S. Senator (Class 3) from Wisconsin
1939-1963
Served alongside: Robert M. La Follette, Jr., Joseph McCarthy, William Proxmire
Succeeded by
Gaylord A. Nelson
Political offices
Preceded by
Pat McCarran
Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee
1947–1949
Succeeded by
Pat McCarran
Preceded by
Tom Connally
Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee
1953–1955
Succeeded by
Walter F. George

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