John M. Wiley

John McClure Wiley
Member of the New York State Assembly
for Erie County, 5th District
In office
January 1, 1871 – December 31, 1872
Preceded byLyman Oatman
Succeeded byRobert B. Foote
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 33rd district
In office
March 4, 1889 – March 3, 1891
Preceded byJohn B. Weber
Succeeded byThomas L. Bunting
Personal details
Born(1841-08-11)August 11, 1841
Derry, Ireland, U.K.
DiedAugust 13, 1912(1912-08-13) (aged 71)
St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada
Resting placeCrown Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
ChildrenJohn Cooper Wiley

John McClure Wiley (August 11, 1841 – August 13, 1912) was a U.S. Representative from New York.


Born in Derry, Ireland, Wiley immigrated to the United States in 1850 with his parents, who settled in Erie County, New York.[1] He attended the common schools, engaged in mercantile pursuits, and became active in the real estate business in Colden, New York.[2]

A Democrat, He was a member of the New York State Assembly (Erie Co., 5th D.) in 1871 and 1872.[1] He served as delegate to the Democratic National Conventions in 1884, 1888, and 1892.[1]

Wiley was elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-first Congress (March 4, 1889 – March 3, 1891).[1][2] He declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1890.[2] In 1890 he married Virginia Emmeline Cooper (1858-1934), the daughter of John J. Cooper, who was Indiana State Treasurer from 1883 to 1887.[3] Their son, John Cooper Wiley, was a career diplomat who served as U.S. ambassador to several foreign countries.[4]

On April 24, 1893, President Grover Cleveland appointed Wiley to be U.S. Consul at Bordeaux, France,[5] and he served until July 31, 1897.[6][7]

After returning to the United States, Wiley resided in Jacksonville, Florida during the winter and Colden, New York during the summer.[8] In his later years his summer residence was in Washington, D.C.[8]

Wiley died in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada, August 13, 1912.[8] He was interred at Crown Hill Cemetery in Indianapolis, Indiana.[9]





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New York State Assembly
Preceded by
Lyman Oatman
New York State Assembly
Erie County, 5th District

Succeeded by
Robert B. Foote
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 33rd congressional district

Succeeded by

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