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William H. Heald

William H. Heald
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Delaware's At-large district
In office
March 4, 1909 – March 3, 1913
Preceded by Hiram R. Burton
Succeeded by Franklin Brockson
Personal details
Born (1864-08-27)August 27, 1864
Wilmington, Delaware
Died June 3, 1939(1939-06-03) (aged 74)
Wilmington, Delaware
Political party Republican
Residence Wilmington, Delaware
Alma mater University of Delaware
Profession lawyer

William Henry Heald (August 27, 1864 – June 3, 1939) was an American banker, lawyer and politician, from Wilmington, in New Castle County, Delaware. He was a member of the Republican Party, who served two terms as U. S. Representative from Delaware.

Early life and family

Heald was born in Wilmington, Delaware. He graduated from the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. in 1888.

Professional and political career

Heald was a national bank examiner in Montana, Idaho, Washington, and Oregon from 1888 until 1892, when he was admitted to the Bar in Wilmington in 1897. He was appointed Postmaster for Wilmington from 1901 until 1905.

Heald was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1908, and won election again in 1910. During these terms, he served in the Republican majority in the 61st Congress and in the minority in the 62nd Congress. He did not seek reelection in 1912 and served two terms, from March 4, 1909 until March 3, 1913. This was during the administration of U.S. President William H. Taft.

Subsequently, he resumed the practice of law and was engaged in banking. He was a member of the Board of Trustees of the University of Delaware from 1915 until 1939, and was president of that board from 1936 until his death.

Death and legacy

Heald died at Wilmington and is buried there in the Wilmington and Brandywine Cemetery.


Elections are held the first Tuesday after November 1. U.S. Representatives took office March 4 and have a two-year term.

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United States Congressional service
Dates Congress Chamber Majority President Committees Class/District
1909–1911 61st U.S. House Republican William H. Taft at-large
1911–1913 62nd U.S. House Republican William H. Taft at-large
Election results
Year Office Subject Party Votes % Opponent Party Votes %
1908 U.S. Representative
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