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Wheeler, Wayne Bidwelllocked

(10 November 1869–05 September 1927)
  • David Hanson

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Wheeler, Wayne Bidwell (10 November 1869–05 September 1927), prohibitionist and de facto leader of the Anti-Saloon League, was born near Brookfield, Ohio, the son of Joseph Wheeler, a farmer and cattle dealer, and Ursula Hutchinson. While working as a boy on the family farm, Wheeler’s leg was injured by the hayfork of an inebriated hired hand. Young Wheeler also observed another inebriate frighten his mother and sisters. These events appear to have prompted his antipathy to alcohol. After graduating from high school, he taught school for two years and then entered Oberlin College, where he excelled in argument and debate....

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