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  Wheeler, Burton K.
NameBurton K. Wheeler
Butte, Montana , United States
Born February 27, 1882
DiedJanuary 06, 1975 (92 years)
Last ModifedRBH
Jan 26, 2016 12:41am
Tags Caucasian - Very Liberal - Anti-Social Security Privatization - Government Reform - Health Care Reform - Isolationist - Jobs/Industrial Growth - Pro-Labor - Married - Straight -
InfoBurton Kendall Wheeler was born in Hudson, Massachusetts on 27th February, 1882. He was admitted to the bar after graduating from the University of Michigan in 1905 and worked as a lawyer in Silver Bow County, Montana.

A member of the Democratic Party, Wheeler was elected to the Montana house of representatives (1910-1912) and was district attorney for Montana (1913-1918). Wheeler was an unsuccessful candidate for governor of Montana in 1920 but was elected to the Senate two years later.

In 1924 Wheeler and Robert LaFollette became the candidates of the Progressive Party in the 1924 presidential election. Although they gained support from trade unions, the Socialist Party and the Scripps-Howard newspaper chain, La Follette and Wheeler, only won one-sixth of the votes.

Returning to the Democratic Party Wheeler was elected to to the Senate in 1928, 1934 and 1940. In September 1940, Wheeler helped Charles A. Lindbergh and Norman Thomas to form the America First Committee (AFC). I t soon became the most powerful isolationist group in the United States. The AFC had four main principles: (1) The United States must build an impregnable defense for America; (2) No foreign power, nor group of powers, can successfully attack a prepared America; (3) American democracy can be preserved only by keeping out of the European War; (4) "Aid short of war" weakens national defense at home and threatens to involve America in war abroad.

The AFC influenced public opinion through publications and speeches and within a year had over 800,000 members. The AFC was dissolved four days after the Japanese Air Force attacked Pearl Harbor on 7th December, 1941.

Burton Kendall Wheeler died in Washington, on 6th January, 1975.


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Dec 31, 1940 12:00pm Speech Radio Address - Sen. Burton Wheeler (D-MT)  Article Craverguy 

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  07/16/1946 MT US Senate - D Primary Lost 47.39% (-5.22%)
  11/05/1940 MT US Senate Won 73.43% (+46.87%)
  07/16/1940 MT US Senate - D Primary Won 72.86% (+45.71%)
  07/01/1940 US President - D Primaries Lost 0.00% (-72.16%)
  11/06/1934 MT US Senate Won 70.14% (+41.40%)
  11/06/1928 MT US Senate Won 53.20% (+6.40%)
  11/04/1924 US Vice President Lost 2.45% (-69.49%)
  07/25/1924 US Vice President - PRG Selection Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  07/09/1924 US President - D Convention Lost 0.06% (-26.27%)
  11/07/1922 MT US Senate Won 55.57% (+11.81%)
  11/02/1920 MT Governor Lost 40.26% (-19.48%)
MT US President - Nov 05, 1940 S Norman M. Thomas
Supreme Court - Associate Justice - May 07, 1930 NPA Reject