Emmett Wilson

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Emmett Wilson
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Florida's 3rd district
In office
March 4, 1913 – March 3, 1917
Preceded byDannite H. Mays
Succeeded byWalter Kehoe
Personal details
Born(1882-09-17)September 17, 1882
Belize City, British Honduras
DiedMay 29, 1918(1918-05-29) (aged 35)
Pensacola, Florida, U.S.
Resting placeSt. John’s Cemetery
Political partyDemocratic

Emmett Wilson (September 17, 1882 – May 29, 1918) was an American lawyer and politician who served two terms as a United States representative from Florida from 1913 to 1917.

Early life and education[edit]

He was the grandson of Augustus Emmett Maxwell. Wilson was born during the temporary residence of his parents at Belize City, British Honduras.

Wilson moved with his parents to Chipley, Florida, where he attended the public schools and Florida State College at Tallahassee, Florida.


He was employed as a railroad telegrapher and later as a stenographer and was graduated from the law department of the Stetson University at DeLand in 1904. Admitted to the bar the same year, he commenced practice in Marianna, Florida. He later moved to Pensacola, Florida, in 1906 and continued the practice of law.

Wilson was appointed assistant United States attorney for the northern district of Florida February 1, 1907, and United States attorney for the same district October 7, 1907. He held the position until March 1909.

He was the state’s attorney for the first judicial circuit of Florida from 1911 to 1913.


Wilson was elected as a Democrat to the Sixty-third and Sixty-fourth Congresses (March 4, 1913 – March 3, 1917). He was an unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1916.

Later career and death[edit]

After leaving Congress, he resumed the practice of law in Pensacola, Florida and died there in 1918.

He was buried in St. John’s Cemetery.


  • United States Congress. "Emmett Wilson (id: W000575)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Florida's 3rd congressional district

Succeeded by