Willard Duncan Vandiver

Willard Duncan Vandiver (* March 30, 1854 in Moorefield, Hardy County, Virginia, † May 30 1932 in Columbia, Missouri ) was an American politician. Between 1897 and 1905 he represented the State of Missouri in the U.S. House of Representatives.


In 1857, born in what is now West Virginia Willard Vandiver came with his parents in the Boone County, Missouri, where the family settled on a farm. He later attended the public schools. In 1872 he moved to Fayette. Until 1877 he studied at the Central College; it is a law degree followed. In the following years Vandiver worked in the teaching profession. Between 1877 and 1880 he taught at the Bellevue Institute in Caledonia science subjects. From 1880 to 1889 he headed the school. In 1889, he became professor of natural sciences at the State Normal School at Cape Girardeau; 1893 to 1897 he also launched this educational institution. At the same time he began a political career as a member of the Democratic Party. In the years 1896, 1898, 1918 and 1920 he was a delegate to the regional Democratic Party days in Missouri. In 1918 he served as its president.

In the congressional elections of 1896 Vandiver was in the 14th electoral district of Missouri in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of Norman Adolphus Mozley on March 4, 1897. After three re- elections, he was able to complete in Congress until March 3, 1905 four legislative sessions. In this time of the Spanish-American War was from 1898. In 1904 he renounced another candidacy. Between 1905 and 1909 Vandiver was Insurance Commissioner of the State of Missouri. After that he was in the years 1910 to 1912 Vice- President of a life insurance company. During the presidency of Woodrow Wilson, he was from 1913 to 1921 Deputy Treasurer of the United States. He then moved to a farm near Columbia, where he was engaged in farming. He also gave lectures. Willard Vandiver died on 30 May 1932 in Columbia.