Adam Martin Wyant

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Adam Martin Wyant
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 31st district
In office
March 4, 1923 – March 3, 1933
Preceded by John M. Morin
Succeeded by M. Clyde Kelly
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 22nd district
In office
March 4, 1921 – March 4, 1923
Preceded by John Haden Wilson
Succeeded by Samuel F. Glatfelter
Personal details
Born September 15, 1869
Montgomeryville, Pennsylvania
Died January 5, 1935(1935-01-05) (aged 65)
Greensburg, Pennsylvania
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Katherine N. Doty
Residence Greensburg, Pennsylvania
Alma mater Bucknell University, University of Chicago, University of Pittsburgh
Profession Professional football player, Educator, Lawyer, Politician,
Religion Baptist
Adam Wyant
Career information
Position(s): Quarterback, Center
College: Bucknell, Chicago
Organizations
As player:
1895-1897 Greensburg Athletic Association
Career highlights and awards

Adam Martin Wyant (September 15, 1869 – January 5, 1935) was an American politician who served as Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania. He served six terms, a total of 12 years, in the House. However Wyant is also best remembered for being the first professional football player to be elected to the United States Congress. From 1895 until 1897, Wyant played football with the Greensburg Athletic Association, an early professional club from Greensburg, Pennsylvania.

He is also known for playing collegiate football for Bucknell University and the University of Chicago from 1890 through 1893. During his playing career, Wyant was cited by his coach at Chicago, Amos Alonzo Stagg, as “one of the best men that ever donned the canvas jacket” (which was then a part of the football uniform). Wyant also served at one time as principal of the Greensburg schools before becoming a U.S. Congressman.

Adam's brother, Andy, also played at Bucknell and Chicago, under Amos Alonzo Stagg. He was elected into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1962.

Biography[edit]

Adam Wyant was born near Kittanning, on his family's rural farm in the village of Montgomeryville, son of Christian Yerty Wyant and Elizabeth John, both of Washington Township, Armstrong County, Pennsylvania. Adam was named after his paternal grandfather whose ancestors (originally spelled Weyandt) were early German settlers of Bedford County, Pennsylvania arriving in October 1770 from Freinsheim, Palatinate, Germany.

Adam attended the Mount Pleasant Institute, and Bucknell, located in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. He attended Bucknell for three years, playing on pioneer football teams there with his brother Andy. Afterwards Andy, left Bucknell to attend the University of Chicago Divinity School. Adam followed his brother to Chicago and played guard for the legendary coach, Amos Alonzo Stagg. In 1895, Adam graduated from the University of Chicago and returned to western Pennsylvania to teach in Mt. Pleasant. He moved to Greensburg, Pennsylvania, in 1896.

In Greensburg, Wyant was widely known for his football skills and, at 6'0" and 196 pounds, he was considered a big person for that era. In the fall of 1895, was one of four college stars signed to play professionally with the Greensburg Athletic Association. His teammeates consisted of Lawson Fiscus and Charlie Atherton. Wyant played quarterback for the team, a position that was not too different from guard in the style of play at the time. In 1896, while still playing pro football, he became the first principal of Greensburg High School and soon thereafter became the city's first superintendent of schools.

In the summer of 1897, Adam ended his football career and studied law at the University of Pittsburgh where he studied law, and was admitted to the Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania Bar in 1902. He then commenced the practice of law in Greensburg. He was interested in coal mining and other business enterprises. In 1910, Wyant married Katherine N. Doty, the daughter of a Westmoreland County judge.

In 1920 Wyant was elected as a Republican to the 67th United States Congress. He won the state's 22nd congressional district with the largest majority ever given a Republican candidate in the district's history. He was then re-elected five more times. He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1932. He resumed his former business pursuits and died in Greensburg, after succumbing to cancer on January 5, 1935. He was interred in St. Clair Cemetery.

Electoral history[edit]

Year District Republican Pct Democrat Pct
1920 PA-22 Adam Martin Wyant 51.6% John Haden Wilson 38.1%
1922 PA-31 Adam Martin Wyant 53.4% James M. Cramer 40.1%
1924 PA-31 Adam Martin Wyant 60.4% Chester D. Sensenich 39.6%
1926 PA-31 Adam Martin Wyant 65.7% Albert H. Bell 32.1%
1928 PA-31 Adam Martin Wyant 95.8% None 0.0%
1930 PA-31 Adam Martin Wyant 70.5% James M. Cramer 27.2%
1932 PA-28 Adam Martin Wyant 40.8% William M. Berlin 55.2%

Minor party candidates not shown
Election winner in bold

Sources[edit]

United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
John H. Wilson
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 22nd congressional district

1921 - 1923
Succeeded by
Samuel F. Glatfelter
Preceded by
John M. Morin
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 31st congressional district

1923 - 1933
Succeeded by
M. Clyde Kelly