William Wallace WEMPLE

Male 1862 - 1933  (71 years)


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  • Name William Wallace WEMPLE 
    Born 19 Jan 1862  Duanesburg, NY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Baptism Princetown Reformed Church Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 11 Feb 1933  Schenectady, NY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I1357  Wemple Family Ancestry
    Last Modified 13 Dec 2017 

    Father James Vanderpool WEMPLE,   b. 07 Dec 1820, Schenectady, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Jan 1900, Duanesburg, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years) 
    Mother Margaret Ann KALEY,   b. 15 Oct 1835,   d. 18 Dec 1918, probably Duanesburg, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years) 
    Married 27 Feb 1857  Princetown Reformed Church, Princetown, NY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F359  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family M. Adelaide QUAIFE,   b. 07 Oct 1866,   d. 15 Jul 1939  (Age 72 years) 
    Married 15 Nov 1894 
    Children 
     1. Margaret Lorraine WEMPLE,   b. 26 Aug 1895, Schenectady, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Jan 1986, Schenectady, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 90 years)
     2. William Wallace WEMPLE,   b. 05 Mar 1898, Schenectady, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Oct 1972, Ellis Hospital, Schenectady, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years)
     3. Mildred Ruth WEMPLE,   b. 19 May 1900,   d. 15 Apr 1970  (Age 69 years)
     4. Lloyd Vanderpool WEMPLE,   b. 04 Jan 1902,   d. 31 Jan 1902  (Age 0 years)
     5. Raymond Vanderpool WEMPLE,   b. 01 Jan 1903,   d. 17 Jul 1957, New York, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 54 years)
    Last Modified 13 Dec 2017 
    Family ID F1197  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Sent to the compiler via email by Carol Keane on June 23, 1999:

      W.W. WEMPLE,SCHENECTADY DIES SUDDENLY

      Former State Legislator Succumbs to Heart Disease

      William Wallace Wemple, Sr. who served terms in both houses of the state Legislature, died late last night at his home in Schenectady. Mr. Wemple's son, William W. Wemple, Jr., also served as an assemblyman.

      Mr. Wemple, serving in the Legislature during the administration of Charles Evans Hughes, was one of the chief supporters of the Govenor's fight to stop gambling at the Saratoga race track.

      Apparently in vigorous health, Mr. Wemple suffered a heart attack which caused his death.

      After serving four terms in the lower House, Mr. Wemple was elected to the Senate in 1906, the first representative from the newly created 31st senatorial district. In 1913 he served as commissioner of public safety of Schenectady.

      Prominent as a member of the bar, Mr. Wemple also took an active part in social and civic affairs.

      Born in Duanesburgh in 1862, Mr. Wemple was educated in the local schools. He was graduated from Albany Law School in 1886 and took up the practice of law in Schenectady. At the time of his death Mr. Wemple was senior member of the firm of Wemple, Peters & Wemple.

      The wife, two sons, William W. Jr., of Schenectady, a member of his father's law firm. and Raymond V. Wemple of New York; and two daughters, Mrs. Margaret L. Zimmer of Port Washington, L.I., and Mrs. Mildred Cornican, Schenectady survive.


      Schenectady Gazette Monday 2-13-1933

      Attorney and Former G.O.P. Leader Dies.

      Ex-Senator Wemple Dies at 71 Years

      Private Funeral Tomorrow for Prominent Lawyer and Former Public Servant

      William Wallace Wemple, Sr.,a former state senator, lawyer and public safety commissioner during the administration of former Mayor J. Teller Schoolcraft, died at his home, 1064 University place, Saturday morning of heart disease. He was 71 years old.

      Funeral services will be held tomorrow morning at 10:30 o'clock and will be private for the family and relatives. The home will be open tonight from 7 to 9 o'clock for friends. Burial will be in Parkview cemetery.

      Mr. Wemple, who was senior member of the law firm of Wemple, Peters and Wemple, was born in the town of Duanesburgh January 19, 1862 where his early education in the district school was received. He then came to Schenectady to study at the Union Classical Institute and later to enter Union College.

      Built Large Practice

      Following his college days, Mr. Wemple taught in the Glenville school and for some time was principal of the village school of Scotia. In the law office of Hastings and Schoolcraft he took up the study of law in 1883 and attended the Albany Law School from which he was awarded a degree in 1886. In the same year he was admitted to the bar.

      Mr. Wemple built up a large practice in the law office which he established and took a keen interest in the Republican organization which nominated him for district attorney in 1895. he was elected that year and was re-elected three years later.

      In 1902, Mr. Wemple was elected for his first four successive terms in the state assembly. Following his terms in the lower house of the state legislature, he was elected to the senate from the Schenectady-Montgomery-Schoharie district. During 1914 and 1915 he served as commissioner of public safety.

      Active Fraternally

      Mr. Wemple's ability as an orator kept him in constant demand as a speaker at dinners in public assemblies and on the political platform. Mr. Wemple was prominent in many branches of of Masonry. He was a member of St. George's Lodge 6, St. George's chapter 157, St. George's Commandery, Knights Templar and of Oriental Temple, Nobles of the Mystic Shrine. He was also a member of St. Paul's Lodge of Odd Fellows' Schaugh-naugh-ta-da Tribe of Red Men, Schenectady Lodge of Elks and the Royal Arcanum. He was an exempt fireman, and honorary member of Protection Hose Company, No. 1 of Continentals. He served for five years as a member of the 37th Separate Company, N.G., N.Y., and was honorably discharged from the service in 1893. He was a director of the Schenectady Trust Company, and also served on the board of directors of the Schenectady Hospital Association, being vice-president for several terms. He was a life member of the Reformed Church at Gifford's.

      On November 14,1894, Mr. Wemple married miss Adelaide Quaife of this city, who survives with four children, William Wallace Wemple, Jr., Margaret Lorraine Zimmer of Port Washington, L.I., Mildred R. Cronican of this city; formerly of Washington, D.C. and Raymond V. Wemple of New York city; and four grand children, Wallace Lee Cronican of Schenectady; Graeme Zimmer and Mary Jane Zimmer of Port Washington and William Wallace Wemple, III of this city.


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