Hoyt Henry Wheeler
Born in Chesterfield, New Hampshire, Wheeler was raised in Chesterfield and in Newfane, Vermont. He was educated in Newfane and at the Chesterfield Academy, where he later taught. He also taught at schools in Dummerston, Newfane, Townshend, and Westminster.
Wheeler later began to read law, studying in the offices of Charles K. Field, Jonathan D. Bradley and George Bradley Kellogg. Wheeler was admitted to the bar in 1859 and began a practice as the partner of John E. Butler in Jamaica, Vermont. he later practiced as the senior partner of Lavant M. Reed.
On March 15, 1877, Wheeler was nominated by President Rutherford B. Hayes to a seat on the United States District Court for the District of Vermont vacated by David Allen Smalley. Wheeler was confirmed by the United States Senate on March 16, 1877, and received his commission the same day. According to contemporary accounts, Wheeler had not sought the appointment, but received it because he had made a favorable impression on Hayes when Hayes visited Newfane. (Hayes's family was originally from nearby Dummerston.)
He retired on September 30, 1906, and died less than two months later in Brattleboro, Vermont.
Wheeler was buried at Morningside Cemetery in Brattleboro.
- Hoyt Henry Wheeler at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
- Hoyt Henry Wheeler at Find a Grave
- Memorial sketch of Hoyt Henry Wheeler, by E. L. Waterman, Vermont Bar Association Journal, 1909, page 145
- Hoyt Henry Wheeler, Honorary graduates, University of Vermont General Catalogue, 1901, page 227
- Hoyt Henry Wheeler at Genealogical and Family History of the State of Vermont, by Hiram Carleton, 1903, page 76
- Judge Hoyt H. Wheeler at Annals of Brattleboro, 1681-1895, Volume 2, edited by Mary Rogers Cabot, 1922, page 961
David Allen Smalley
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