WOOD, William Robert, (1861 - 1933)


Oil on canvas, George B. Matthews, 1930, Collection of U.S. House of Representatives

WOOD, William Robert, a Representative from Indiana; born in Oxford, Benton County, Ind., on January 5, 1861; attended the public schools of Oxford and was graduated from the law department of the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor in 1882; was admitted to the bar the same year and commenced practice in LaFayette, Tippecanoe County; prosecuting attorney of Tippecanoe County 1890-1894; member of the State senate 1896-1914, and served as president pro tempore 1899-1907; Republican floor leader of the State senate for four sessions; delegate to the Republican National Conventions in 1912, 1916, 1920, and 1924; chairman of the Republican National congressional committee 1920-1933; elected as a Republican to the Sixty-fourth and to the eight succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1915-March 3, 1933); chairman, Committee on Appropriations (Seventy-first Congress); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1932 to the Seventy-third Congress; died while on a visit in New York City March 7, 1933; interment in Spring Vale Cemetery, LaFayette, Ind.