William Wellington Corlett

William Wellington Corlett (April 10, 1842 – July 22, 1890) was a Delegate from the Territory of Wyoming.

William W. Corlett
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Wyoming Territory's at-large district
In office
March 4, 1877  March 3, 1879
Preceded byWilliam Randolph Steele
Succeeded byStephen Wheeler Downey
Personal details
Born(1842-04-10)April 10, 1842
Concord, Ohio
DiedJuly 22, 1890(1890-07-22) (aged 48)
Cheyenne, Wyoming
Political partyRepublican
Alma materUniversity of Michigan
Union Law College
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/service United States Army
Union Army
Battles/warsCivil War


Corlett was born April 10, 1842 in Concord, Ohio. He attended the district schools and graduated from the Willoughby (Ohio) Collegiate Institute in 1861.

Civil War service

With the outbreak of the Civil War, he enlisted in the Union Army in 1862 and served in the 28th Ohio Infantry and the 87th Ohio Infantry (a three-month regiment). He was captured with the regiment at the Battle of Harpers Ferry on September 15, 1862.


He was paroled and returned to Ohio, where he taught school in Kirkland and Painesville. Corlett reentered the army with the Twenty-fifth Ohio Battery. He was later placed on detached service with the Third Iowa Battery. He returned to Ohio in 1865 and mustered out of the army.

He attended law school at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor and graduated from Union Law College of Cleveland, Ohio, in July 1866.

He was admitted to the bar the same year and became a professor in elementary law at the State University and Law College as well as lecturer at several commercial colleges in Cleveland.

He settled in Cheyenne, Wyoming in 1867, and engaged in the practice of law. During some of time in Wyoming, his law partner was John Alden Riner, who later served as a federal judge. Corlett was an unsuccessful Republican candidate for Delegate to the Forty-first Congress in 1869.

He was Postmaster of Cheyenne in 1870, a member of the Territorial senate in 1871 and prosecuting attorney of Laramie County from 1872 to 1876.

Corlett was elected as a Republican a Delegate to the Forty-fifth Congress (March 4, 1877 – March 3, 1879)

He was not a candidate for renomination in 1878. He resumed the practice of law and in 1879 declined the appointment as chief justice of Wyoming Territory. He served as member of the legislative council 1880-1882.

He died in Cheyenne, Wyoming, on July 22, 1890 and was interred in Lakeview Cemetery.


  • United States Congress. "William Wellington Corlett (id: C000777)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved on 2008-02-14
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
William Randolph Steele
Delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives
from Wyoming Territory's at-large congressional district

March 4, 1877 March 3, 1879
Succeeded by
Stephen Wheeler Downey

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