William R. Myers

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William Ralph Myers (June 12, 1836 – April 18, 1907) was a U.S. Representative from Indiana.

Early life[edit]

Born near Wilmington, Ohio, Myers moved with his parents to Anderson, Indiana in October 1836. He attended the common schools and later taught. He was surveyor of Madison County 1858-1860.

Military career[edit]

During the Civil War, he enlisted as a private in Company G, Forty-seventh Regiment, Indiana Volunteer Infantry. He was promoted to orderly sergeant, second lieutenant, first lieutenant, and captain, and served four years and three months.

Teaching and legal career[edit]

After returning from the Army, Myers taught school. He became Superintendent of the public schools of Anderson, Indiana in 1868 and 1869, and served as member of the school board of Anderson 1871-1879. He studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1871, and commenced practice in Anderson.

Political career[edit]

Myers was elected as a Democrat to the Forty-sixth Congress (March 4, 1879 – March 3, 1881). He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1880 to the Forty-seventh Congress.

Myers served as Secretary of State of Indiana from 1882 to 1886. Afterwards, he purchased the newspaper "The Anderson Democrat" in 1886 and worked as its editor. He was an unsuccessful Democratic candidate for Governor of Indiana, but again became Secretary of State 1892-1894. He resumed the practice of law thereafter.

Myers died in Anderson, Indiana, April 18, 1907. He was interred in East Maplewood Cemetery.

References[edit]

 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
Milton S. Robinson
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Indiana's 6th congressional district

1879–1881
Succeeded by
Thomas M. Browne
Political offices
Preceded by
Emanuel R. Hawn
Secretary of State of Indiana
1883–1887
Succeeded by
Charles F. Griffin
Preceded by
Myron D. King
Secretary of State of Indiana
1893–1895
Succeeded by
William D. Owen