Alexander County

Biography - Samuel Wheeler

SAMUEL P. WHEELER, lawyer, Cairo, Ill., was born at Binghamton, Broome Co., N. Y., on the 13th of January, 1839. His father, Alvan Wheeler, was born in Massachusetts in 1797. He was an eminent educator and physician of Massachusetts from 1820 to 1832, when, on account of failing health, he removed to Binghamton, N. Y., where he purchased a farm, and spent the remainder of his life. He died October 12, 1869. The mother of Samuel Wheeler, Harriet A. Bulkley, was a descendant from an English family which was first represented in the United States by the Rev. Peter Bulkley, who came from England to Massachusetts in 1635. She died in Williamstown, Mass., in 1875, having reared a family of six children, of whom Samuel was the fourth. He was educated liberally in New York. He was admitted to the bar in 1859, and the same year located at Mound City, Ill., where he remained until coming to Cairo in 1865. Though his influence has been chiefly with the Democratic party, he has studiously avoided the political arena, and adhered strictly to his profession with commendable zeal. In 1875, he was appointed General Solicitor for the Cairo & Vincennes Railroad Company, which position he held until that company was consolidated with the St. Louis & Pacific Railway, and is now General Solicitor for the Cairo Division of the latter company. He was married on the 11th of January, 1860, to Miss Kate F. E. Gross, daughter of Milo J. Gross, of Kalamazoo, Mich.

Extracted 31 Mar 2017 by Norma Hass from 1883 History of Alexander, Union, and Pulaski Counties, Illinois, Part V, pages 49-50.


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