Wendell Wyatt

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Wendell Wyatt
Wendell Wyatt 89th Congress 1965.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Oregon's 1st district
In office
November 3, 1964 - January 3, 1975
Preceded by A. Walter Norblad
Succeeded by Les AuCoin
Personal details
Born (1917-06-15)June 15, 1917
Eugene, Oregon
Died January 28, 2009(2009-01-28) (aged 91)
Portland, Oregon
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) (1) Anne Buchanan (divorced)
(2) Faye Hill

Wendell Wyatt (June 15, 1917 – January 28, 2009) was a Republican United States Representative from Oregon's 1st congressional district who served in the United States House of Representatives from 1964 until 1975.

Life before Congress[edit]

Born in Eugene, Oregon, Wyatt's family later moved to Portland where he graduated from Jefferson High School in 1935. He received his Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Oregon in 1941. In World War II, he served in the United States Marine Corps from 1942 until 1946.[1]

Following the war, Wyatt moved to Astoria, where he joined the law firm of former Oregon governor A. W. Norblad.[2] He was Chairman of the Oregon State Republican Central committee from 1955 until 1957.[1] In 1962, Wyatt married Faye Hill; he had previously married and divorced Anne Buchanan.[2]

U.S. Congress[edit]

In 1964, he won a special election to fill the vacancy caused by the death of A. Walter Norblad, the son of Wyatt's law partner.[1][2] Wyatt was reelected to the four succeeding Congresses. In Congress, Wyatt served on the Interior Committee and the Appropriations Committee, where he helped pass bills that created Oregon's Scoggins Dam on Scoggins Creek, established a 40-foot shipping channel in the Columbia River from Astoria to Portland, created the Cascade Head Scenic Area, and purchased ranch land to be converted to public recreation areas along the Snake River.[2]

After Congress[edit]

After 10 years of service, he declined to run again in 1974, becoming a partner at the law firm of Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt. Wyatt died in Portland in 2009 at the age of 91.[2] The Edith Green - Wendell Wyatt Federal Building in Downtown Portland is named in his honor and fellow Congressperson Edith Green, whom he served alongside of during part of his tenure in Congress.[3]


  1. ^ a b c "Biographical Directory of the United States Congress". U.S. Government Printing Office. Retrieved 2009-01-29. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Harvey, Joan (2009-01-29). "Ex-congressman Wendell Wyatt dies at 91". The Oregonian. Retrieved 2009-01-29. 
  3. ^ Esteve, Harry (August 24, 2009). "Portland federal building due for big green makeover". The Oregonian. Retrieved 2009-08-30. 

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
A. Walter Norblad
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Oregon's 1st congressional district

Succeeded by
Les AuCoin