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'''Benjamin Ernest Wheeler''' (1870 &ndash; ) was Mayor of Charlottesville and a leading real estate dealer in the early 20th century.<ref>https://search.lib.virginia.edu/catalog/uva-lib:2117546/view#openLayer/uva-lib:2117547/5206/1239.5/3/1/0</ref>
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'''Benjamin Ernest Wheeler''' (May 24 1870 &ndash; September 26, 1948), aged 78, has the distinction of being the last mayor of Charlottesville elected at-large.  On [[September 1]], [[1922]], the city was taken over by the Commission-Manager form of government wherein mayors were appointed by the [[Charlottesville City Council]].
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'''B. E. Wheeler''', as he was known, was very active in the local democratic party and a leading real estate dealer in the early 20th century <ref>https://search.lib.virginia.edu/catalog/uva-lib:2117546/view#openLayer/uva-lib:2117547/5206/1239.5/3/1/0</ref>. Wheeler was elected on his party ticket as member of the City Council from the [[Third Ward]], and in [[1920]] was elected mayor of the city.   
  
 
Benjamin was born on May 24, 1870 to David Hening Wheeler and Mary Frances Foster in the Crozet section of Albemarle County. His father having died when Benjamin was in his 13th year, leaving him the oldest of a number of children. He worked on the family farm, attended the local county schools and later took on the nursery and fruit-tree business. Wheeler removed to the city in about 1915 and opened the firm of B. E. Wheeler & Company - handling homes, farms and city property.  
 
Benjamin was born on May 24, 1870 to David Hening Wheeler and Mary Frances Foster in the Crozet section of Albemarle County. His father having died when Benjamin was in his 13th year, leaving him the oldest of a number of children. He worked on the family farm, attended the local county schools and later took on the nursery and fruit-tree business. Wheeler removed to the city in about 1915 and opened the firm of B. E. Wheeler & Company - handling homes, farms and city property.  
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His children included: [[Roy Wheeler]], Benjamin Ernest Wheeler, Jr. and Harry W. Wheeler.
 
His children included: [[Roy Wheeler]], Benjamin Ernest Wheeler, Jr. and Harry W. Wheeler.
  
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Mayor Wheeler was instrumental in having the prosecution of violations of the prohibition law transferred from the state to the city. [[Jackson Park]], [[Lee Park]], and [[Roger Park]], donated by [[Paul McIntyre]], came to the city during his administration. As an alderman and mayor, Mr. Wheeler’s accomplishments with the $950,000 bond issue provided for a filtration plant on [[Observatory Mountain]], and sewer and street improvements.
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Burial in [[Maplewood Cemetery]]
 
==Quotes==
 
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“I feel that the time has come when the administration of the city’s affairs should b conducted along the lines of progressiveness, common sense and fairness. I am committed to this program and on this basis solicit the votes and support of the citizens of Charlottesville.” Source: Candidacy announcement card of May 8, 1920.
 
“I feel that the time has come when the administration of the city’s affairs should b conducted along the lines of progressiveness, common sense and fairness. I am committed to this program and on this basis solicit the votes and support of the citizens of Charlottesville.” Source: Candidacy announcement card of May 8, 1920.
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Revision as of 22:41, 21 March 2020

B. E. Wheeler

Board of Alderman, Third Ward

Mayor
Preceded by H. G. Haden

Biographical Information

Benjamin Ernest Wheeler (May 24 1870 – September 26, 1948), aged 78, has the distinction of being the last mayor of Charlottesville elected at-large. On September 1, 1922, the city was taken over by the Commission-Manager form of government wherein mayors were appointed by the Charlottesville City Council.

B. E. Wheeler, as he was known, was very active in the local democratic party and a leading real estate dealer in the early 20th century [1]. Wheeler was elected on his party ticket as member of the City Council from the Third Ward, and in 1920 was elected mayor of the city.

Benjamin was born on May 24, 1870 to David Hening Wheeler and Mary Frances Foster in the Crozet section of Albemarle County. His father having died when Benjamin was in his 13th year, leaving him the oldest of a number of children. He worked on the family farm, attended the local county schools and later took on the nursery and fruit-tree business. Wheeler removed to the city in about 1915 and opened the firm of B. E. Wheeler & Company - handling homes, farms and city property.

Wheeler was elected to the City Council’s Board of Alderman from the Third Ward at the June election in 1918. He was elected at-large to serve a four year term as Mayor on June 9, 1920.

His children included: Roy Wheeler, Benjamin Ernest Wheeler, Jr. and Harry W. Wheeler.

Mayor Wheeler was instrumental in having the prosecution of violations of the prohibition law transferred from the state to the city. Jackson Park, Lee Park, and Roger Park, donated by Paul McIntyre, came to the city during his administration. As an alderman and mayor, Mr. Wheeler’s accomplishments with the $950,000 bond issue provided for a filtration plant on Observatory Mountain, and sewer and street improvements.

Burial in Maplewood Cemetery

Quotes

“I feel that the time has come when the administration of the city’s affairs should b conducted along the lines of progressiveness, common sense and fairness. I am committed to this program and on this basis solicit the votes and support of the citizens of Charlottesville.” Source: Candidacy announcement card of May 8, 1920. According to the 1940 census, he lived at 702 Ridge Street. [[Image:|right|thumb|200px|]]


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