WILSON, William Lyne, a Representative from West Virginia; born near Charles Town,
Jefferson County, Va. (now West Virginia), May 3, 1843; attended Charles Town
Academy; was graduated from Columbian College (now George Washington
University), Washington, D.C., in 1860 and subsequently studied in the
University of Virginia at Charlottesville; during the Civil War served in the
Confederate Army as a private in the Twelfth Virginia Cavalry; taught for
several years in Columbian College, during which time he was graduated from its
law school; was admitted to the bar in 1869 and commenced practice in Charles
Town, W.Va.; delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1880; chosen
president of the West Virginia University at Morgantown and entered upon the
office September 4, 1882; elected as a Democrat to the Forty-eighth and to the
five succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1883-March 3, 1895); chairman, Committee
on Ways and Means (Fifty-third Congress); Postmaster General in the Cabinet of
President Cleveland and served from April 4, 1895, to March 5, 1897; president
of the Washington and Lee University, Lexington, Va.; died in Lexington,
Rockbridge, County, Va., October 17, 1900; interment in Edgehill Cemetery,
Charles Town, W.Va.
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