William H. Dieterich

This article is about the U.S. Senator from Illinois. For the Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice, see William H. Dieterich (judge).
William Henry Dieterich
United States Senator
from Illinois
In office
March 4, 1933  January 3, 1939
Preceded by Otis F. Glenn
Succeeded by Scott W. Lucas
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Illinois's at-large district
In office
March 4, 1931  March 3, 1933
Preceded by Ruth H. McCormick
Succeeded by Martin A. Brennan
Member of the Illinois House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
Born (1876-03-31)March 31, 1876
Cooperstown, Illinois
Died October 12, 1940(1940-10-12) (aged 64)
Springfield, Illinois
Political party Democratic

William Henry Dieterich (March 31, 1876  October 12, 1940) was an American lawyer and Democratic politician from Illinois. He was a state legislator, U.S. Representative, and U.S. Senator


He was born near Cooperstown, Illinois. After graduating from Kennedy Business College in 1897 and Northern Indiana Law School in 1901, Dieterich was admitted to the bar and began to practice in Rushville, Illinois.[1] During the Spanish–American War, he served as a corporal.

He was city attorney for Rushville, 1903–1907; treasurer of Rushville Union Schools 1906–1908; and county judge of Schuyler County, 1906–1910.[1]

In 1911 he moved to Chicago, and then in 1912 to Beardstown, Illinois, in adjacent Cass County where he continued his law practice.[1]

In 1916, he was elected to the Illinois House of Representatives, and re-elected in 1918, serving from 1917 to 1921.[1]

In 1930, he was elected U.S. Representative from one of Illinois' two at-large seats, finishing ahead of both Republicans and the other Democrat.[2] He served only one term.[1]

In 1932, he declined re-nomination to the House, and instead ran for U.S. Senator. He defeated incumbent Republican Otis Glenn 52% to 46%.[3]

He served one term, from 1933 to 1939. He did not run for re-election in 1938, instead returning to his law practice. He died in Springfield, Illinois during a business trip.[1]


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  2. Page, William Tyler (January 6, 1931). "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 1930" (PDF). Office of the Clerk of the House of Representatives. Retrieved April 21, 2012.
  3. Ellis, George D. (February 2, 1933). "Statistics of the Congressional and Presidential Election of November 8, 1932" (PDF). Office of the Clerk of the House of Representatives. Retrieved April 21, 2012.
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Ruth H. McCormick
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's at-large congressional district

March 4, 1931 – March 3, 1933
Succeeded by
Martin A. Brennan
United States Senate
Preceded by
Otis F. Glenn
U.S. Senator (Class 3) from Illinois
Served alongside: J. Hamilton Lewis
Succeeded by
Scott W. Lucas
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