Wick, William W.

Born: 1796-02-23 Canonsburg, Pennsylvania

Died: 1868-05-19 Franklin, Indiana

William Wick moved with his parents to the Western Reserve in 1800 where he completed preparatory studies. He moved to Cincinnati, Ohio in 1816, where he taught school and studied medicine until 1818. Wick switched to study law and earned admittance to the bar in Franklin, Indiana in 1819, and started a practice in Connersville in 1820. He worked as a clerk for the Indiana House of Representatives in 1820 and as assistant clerk for the Indiana Senate in 1821. Wick served as president judge of the fifth judicial state circuit from 1822-25, secretary of state from 1825-29, prosecuting attorney of the fifth judicial circuit from 1829-31, and again president judge from 1834-37. He won election, as a Democrat, to the U.S. House of Representatives, serving from 1839-41. After an unsuccessful reelection campaign in 1840, Wick returned to Indiana, where he practiced law in Indianapolis. Wick returned to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1845, serving until 1849. After his time in Congress, Wick served for a third time as president judge from 1850-53. Wick also served as postmaster of Indianapolis from 1853-57 and adjutant general in the state militia. He moved to Franklin in 1857, where he practiced law until his death.

Biographical Directory of the American Congress 1774-1996 (Alexandria, VA: CQ Staff Directories, 1997), 2052; Gravestone, Greenlawn Cemetery, Franklin, IN.