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William Bauchop Wilson


Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 15th district
In office
March 4, 1907 – March 3, 1913
Preceded by Elias Deemer
Succeeded by Edgar R. Kiess

In office
March 5, 1913 – March 5, 1921
President Woodrow Wilson
Preceded by None
Succeeded by James J. Davis

Born April 2, 1862
Blantyre, Lanarkshire, Scotland
Died May 25, 1934 (aged 72)
Savannah, Georgia
Political party Democratic
Religion Presbyterian

William Bauchop Wilson (April 2, 1862 - May 25, 1934) was a U.S. (Scottish-born) labor leader and political figure. He served as the first Secretary of Labor between 1913 and 1921 under Woodrow Wilson.

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Early life and work

William B. Wilson was born in Blantyre, Lanarkshire, Scotland. He immigrated to the United States with his parents, who settled in Arnot, Pennsylvania, in 1870. He was engaged in coal mining from 1871 to 1898. He served as international secretary-treasurer of the United Mine Workers of America from 1900 to 1908.

House of Representatives

He was elected as a Democrat to the Sixtieth, Sixty-first, and Sixty-second Congresses. He served as chairman of the United States House Committee on Labor during the Sixty-second Congress. He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1912 and for election in 1914.

Secretary of Labor

He was appointed United States Secretary of Labor in the Cabinet of President Woodrow Wilson and served from March 5, 1913, to March 5, 1921. During the First World War was a member of the Council of National Defense.

He was a member of the Federal Board for Vocational Education from 1914 to 1921 and served as chairman of the board in 1920 and 1921. He was appointed on March 4, 1921, a member of the International Joint Commission, created to prevent disputes regarding the use of the boundary waters between the United States and Canada, and served until March 21, 1921, when he resigned. He was an unsuccessful candidate for election to the United States Senate in 1926. After his public service he was engaged in mining and agricultural pursuits near Blossburg, PA. He died on a train near Savannah, Georgia, and is buried in Arbon Cemetery in Blossburg.[1]

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Elias Deemer
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 15th congressional district

1907-1913
Succeeded by
Edgar R. Kiess
Political offices
Preceded by
New office
United States Secretary of Labor
Served under: Woodrow Wilson

1913–1921
Succeeded by
James J. Davis
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