Xenophon Pierce Wilfley
|United States Senator|
April 30, 1918 – November 5, 1918
|Appointed by||Frederick D. Gardner|
|Preceded by||William J. Stone|
|Succeeded by||Selden P. Spencer|
|Born||March 18, 1871|
|Died||May 4, 1931 (aged 60)|
St. Louis, Missouri
|Education||Washington University in St. Louis, Central Methodist University|
Wilfley was born near Mexico, Missouri, the son of James Franklin Wilfley. He attended local country schools in his youth. An 1891 graduate of Clarksburg College, he graduated from Central Methodist College in Fayette, Missouri in 1894, teaching there for one year and at Sedalia High School in Sedalia, Missouri, for three.
In 1899 he graduated from Washington University law school and began the practice of law in St. Louis with his brother Lebbeus R. Wilfley. From 1917 to 1918 he was the chairman of the city's board of election commissioners; in 1918 he was appointed to the Senate by Governor Frederick D. Gardner as a Democrat to fill out the term of William J. Stone, who had died on April 14, 1918. Wilfley served from April 30 to November 5, and was the chairman of the Committee on Industrial Expositions. He unsuccessfully sought the Democratic nomination for the Senate seat, being defeated by Joseph Folk, who in turn lost to Republican Selden P. Spencer in November. After leaving the Senate, Wilfley resumed the practice of law, becoming president of the Missouri Bar Association in 1925.
He died in St. Louis and is buried in Oak Grove Cemetery.
United States Congress. "WILFLEY, Xenophon Pierce (id: W000471)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. - Congressional biography, with picture
- 1920 passport application made by his brother Lebbeus
- John W. Leonard, The Book of St. Louisans (1906), p. 611.
William J. Stone
| U.S. Senator (Class 3) from Missouri
Served alongside: James A. Reed
Selden P. Spencer
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