William Heilman

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William Heilman.

William Heilman (October 11, 1824 – September 22, 1890) was a U.S. Representative from Indiana, great-grandfather of Charles Marion LaFollette.

Born in Albig, Duchy of Hesse-Darmstadt, Germany, Heilman immigrated to the United States in 1843 and settled on a farm in Vanderburg County, Indiana. After moving to Evansville, Indiana, he worked for a manufacturing company and subsequently became president of a cotton mill. In 1847, he founded a machine shop for the manufacture of drills. He served as member of the city council 1852-1865, as member of the Indiana House of Representatives 1870-1876 and as delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1876. He served in the Indiana State Senate from 1876 until March 3, 1879.

Heilman was elected as a Republican to the Forty-sixth and Forty-seventh Congresses (March 4, 1879 – March 3, 1883). He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1882 to the Forty-eighth Congress. He resumed his former business activities. He died in Evansville, Indiana, September 22, 1890. He was interred in Oak Hill Cemetery.

References[edit]

  • United States Congress. "William Heilman (id: H000451)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Benoni S. Fuller
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Indiana's 1st congressional district

1879–1883
Succeeded by
John J. Kleiner