William C. Wampler

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William C. Wampler Sr.
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 9th district
In office
January 3, 1967 – January 3, 1983
Preceded by W. Pat Jennings
Succeeded by Rick Boucher
In office
January 3, 1953 – January 3, 1955
Preceded by Thomas B. Fugate
Succeeded by W. Pat Jennings
Personal details
Born William Creed Wampler
(1926-04-21)April 21, 1926
Pennington Gap, Virginia
Died May 23, 2012(2012-05-23) (aged 86)
Bristol, Virginia
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Mary Baker
Lee McCall
Alma mater Virginia Tech (B.A.)
Religion Presbyterian
Military service
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch United States Navy
Years of service 1943–1945
Unit U.S. Naval Reserve
Battles/wars World War II

William Creed Wampler Sr.[1] (April 21, 1926 – May 23, 2012) was a United States Representative from Virginia.

Life and career[edit]

Born in Pennington Gap, Lee County, Virginia, Wampler attended the public schools in Bristol, Virginia and on May 21, 1943, enlisted in the United States Navy. He served as a seaman for twenty-eight months until discharged on September 29, 1945; he then was a member of the Naval Reserve, V-6. He resumed his education and graduated from Virginia Polytechnic Institute in Blacksburg, Virginia in 1948 and he studied law at the University of Virginia from 1948 to 1950. Wampler was a reporter for The Tennessean in 1950 and 1951 and was a reporter and editorial writer for Big Stone Gap (Virginia) Post in 1951. Wampler also worked as reporter and copy editor for the Bristol Herald Courier in 1951 and 1952.

Wampler was a member of the board of visitors of Emory and Henry College in Emory, Virginia and was Republican assistant campaign manager for 9th congressional district elections in 1948. He was also the president of the Young Republican Federation of Virginia in 1950 and served as keynote speaker and permanent chairman of the 9th district Republican Convention the same year.

Wampler was elected as a Republican to the 83rd Congress (January 3, 1953 – January 3, 1955), during which time he was its youngest member. He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1954 to the 84th Congress; he went to work for the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission from January 1955 to March 1956. Wampler was again an unsuccessful candidate for election in 1956 to the 85th Congress, and served as vice president and general manager of Wampler Brothers Furniture Company in Bristol, Virginia from 1957 to 1960 and the vice president and general manager of Wampler Carpet Company from 1961 to 1966.

Wampler was later elected to the 90th Congress and to the seven succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1967 – January 3, 1983). An unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1982, he was a resident of Bristol, Virginia. His son, William C. Wampler, Jr., a Republican from Bristol, served in the Senate of Virginia from 1988 until 2012.


 This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website http://bioguide.congress.gov.

United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Thomas B. Fugate
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 9th congressional district

January 3, 1953 – January 3, 1955
Succeeded by
W. Pat Jennings
Preceded by
W. Pat Jennings
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 9th congressional district

January 3, 1967 – January 3, 1983
Succeeded by
Rick Boucher