PHELPS, William Walter

PHELPS, William Walter
Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
About this object
1839–1894

Biography

PHELPS, William Walter, a Representative from New Jersey; born in New York City August 24, 1839; attended private schools near Bridgeport, Conn., and Mount Washington Institute, New York; was graduated from Yale College in 1860 and from the law department of Columbia College, New York City, in 1863; was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in New York City; retired from the practice of law in 1868; engaged in banking in New York City, with residence in Englewood, N.J.; also served as a director of numerous railroads; elected to the Forty-third Congress (March 4, 1873-March 3, 1875); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1874 to the Forty-fourth Congress; delegate to the Republican National Conventions in 1880 and 1884; Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary to Austria in 1881; relinquished the position in 1882; elected as a Republican to the Forty-eighth, Forty-ninth, and Fiftieth Congresses (March 4, 1883-March 3, 1889); declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1888; appointed by President Harrison one of the commissioners to represent the United States at the International Congress on the Samoan Question, which met in Berlin in 1889; appointed Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary to Germany in 1889 and served until 1893; appointed a special judge of the court of errors and appeals of the State of New Jersey in 1893; died in Englewood, Bergen County, N.J., June 17, 1894; interment in the City Cemetery, Simsbury, Conn.

View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

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External Research Collections

Columbia University
Rare Book and Manuscript Library

New York, NY
Papers: 22 official letters (1872-1888) in the Edmund Clarence Stedman collection. Finding aid in repository.
Papers: 2 letters (1875, 1880) in the William Mason Grosvenor collection. Finding aid in repository.
Papers: 1 letter (January 7, 1888) in the World collection. Finding aid in repository.

Huntington Library

San Marino, CA
Papers: 1800-1925. 199 items. Correspondence and other papers relating to the International Congress on the Samoan Question and political, literary, social, and family affairs. Catalog cards in library.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Herrick, Hugh M. William Walter Phelps, His Life and Public Services. New York: The Knickerbocker Press, 1904.

Phelps, William Walter. Fitz-John Porter: Speech of the Hon. Wm. Walter Phelps ... February 1, 1884 ... House of Representatives. Washington: [Government Printing Office], 1884.

------. The Lasker Resolutions. Speech of the Hon. Wm. Walter Phelps, of New Jersey, March 19, 1884 ... House of Representatives. Washington: [Government Printing Office], 1884.

------. Sound Currency. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1874.

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