Wheeler, Wm. F. (William F.)

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Dates:
Birth 1824-07-06
Death 1894-06-24

Biographical notes:

Western lawyer, entrepreneur, and First Lieutenant, Co. F, 4th Regiment, Minnesota Volunteers.

From the description of Collection 1857. (Denver Public Library). WorldCat record id: 49562931

William F. Wheeler was born in New York in 1824. After his education and service in the Civil War, he came to Montana in 1869. Appointed United States Marshall of Montana, he opened and organized the state penitentiary at Deer Lodge in 1871, and remained its superintendent until 1878. He wrote widely on Montana, including many reports on the mines and mineral resources of the state and the Piegan war in 1870. In 1884, Wheeler was hired by the Montana Historical Society to interview and write biographies of former employees of the American Fur Company. He accepted a position as librarian of the Montana Historical Society in 1889 and held that post until his death in 1894.

From the description of Manuscript, 1885. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 56602394

William Fletcher Wheeler was born in Warwick, New York, on July 6, 1824. After attending several New York academies, he moved to Columbus, Ohio, in 1842, at the age of eighteen. For several years he worked for the Ohio Statesman as a printer and reporter, and studied law in his spare time. In 1848 he was admitted to the bar. In 1853 Wheeler married Charlotte Jersey. Three years later the Wheelers moved to St. Paul, Minnesota, where Wheeler obtained the post of private secretary to Colonel Medary, newly appointed Minnesota Territorial Governor. Wheeler also served as territorial librarian. By September 1861 Wheeler had helped to raise a company for the Fourth Regiment, Minnesota Volunteer Infantry. He fought in the Civil War battles at Iuka and Corinth, and later was part of the Vicksburg campaign. As a result of illness, Wheeler was discharged from the service in the spring of 1864.

In June 1869, Colonel Wheeler arrived in Montana Territory as the newly appointed U.S. Marshal. He served in the position for three successive terms until 1878. During this time he was also ex-officio superintendent of the U.S. Penitentiary at Deer Lodge, Montana.

For the next decade Wheeler worked as a journalist and writer and was employed in 1884 by the Montana Historical Society to interview and write the biographies of former employees of the American Fur Company. In 1889 he accepted the position of librarian of the Montana Historical Society. He filled this post until his death in June 1894.

From the guide to the William F. Wheeler manuscript, 1885, (University of Montana-Missoula Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library Archives and Special Collections)

William Fletcher Wheeler was born in Warwick, New York, July 6, 1824. After attending several New York academies, he moved to Columbus, Ohio, in 1842, at the age of eighteen. For several years he worked for the Ohio Statesman as a printer and reporter, and studied law in his spare time. In 1848, he was admitted to the bar. In 1853, Wheeler married Charlotte Jersey. Three years later the Wheelers moved to St. Paul, Minnesota, where Wheeler obtained the post of private secretary to Colonel Medary, newly appointed Minnesota Territorial Governor. Wheeler also served as territorial librarian. By September 1861, Wheeler had helped to raise a company for the Fourth Regiment, Minnesota Volunteer Infantry. He fought in the Civil War battles at Iuka and Corinth, and later was part of the Vicksburg campaign. As a result of illness, Wheeler was discharged from the service in the spring of 1864.

In June 1869, Colonel Wheeler arrived in Montana as the newly appointed U.S. Marshal. He served in the position for three successive terms until 1878. During this time he was also ex-officio superintendent of the U.S. Penitentiary at Deer Lodge.

For the next decade Wheeler worked as a journalist and writer and was employed in 1884 by the Montana Historical Society to interview and write the biographies of former employees of the American Fur Company. In 1889, he accepted the position of librarian of the Montana Historical Society. He filled this post until his death in June 1894.

From the guide to the William Fletcher Wheeler Papers, 1859-1894, (Montana Historical Society Archives)

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Subjects:

  • Fur traders
  • Montana
  • Missouri River--Commerce
  • Corruption (in politics)--Montana
  • Elections--Montana
  • Fur traders--Montana
  • Prisons--Montana
  • Pioneers
  • Business, Industry, and Labor
  • Steamboats--Missouri River
  • Capitals (cities)--Montana
  • Law enforcement--Montana
  • Fur Trade--Montana
  • Salish Indians
  • Vigilantes--Montana--Virginia City

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  • Bitterroot Range (Idaho and Mont.) (as recorded)
  • Jocko Valley (Mont.) (as recorded)
  • United States (as recorded)
  • Deer Lodge (Mont.) (as recorded)
  • Montana (as recorded)
  • Alder Gulch (Mont.) (as recorded)
  • Fort Benton (Mont.) (as recorded)
  • Fort McKenzie (Mont.) (as recorded)
  • Montana (as recorded)
  • Helena (Mont.) (as recorded)
  • Chouteau County (Mont.) (as recorded)
  • Meagher County (Mont.) (as recorded)
  • Bitterroot River Valley (Mont.) (as recorded)
  • Madison County (Mont.) (as recorded)