Chalmers Wylie

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Chalmers Pangburn Wylie (November 23, 1920 – August 14, 1998) was an American politician and lawyer from Ohio, who served in various public offices in that state before serving thirteen terms as a member of the United States House of Representatives from 1967 to 1993.

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Wylie was born in Norwich, Ohio, and grew up in Pataskala, a small community east of Columbus. He attended Otterbein College in Westerville and Ohio State University in Columbus. He earned his Juris Doctor at Harvard Law School in 1948.

Wylie enlisted in the United States Army as a private, and eventually attaining the rank of first lieutenant while serving with the 30th Infantry Division in Europe during World War II. He remained in the U.S. Army Reserve after the war, attaining the rank of lieutenant colonel.

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In addition to his public service, Wylie worked in private practice as an attorney from 1957 until 1968, which he resumed in Columbus after leaving Congress until his death there.

The Chalmers P. Wylie VA Ambulatory Care Center in Columbus is named in his honor.

Opposition to Playboy's Braille edition

In 1981, Republican Senator Mack Mattingly had unsuccessfully attempted to remove sections of Playboy Magazine's braille edition, which was produced using federal funds through the Library of Congress. During appropriations discussions in July 1985, Wylie successfully passed a motion in the House to reduce the budget of the Library of Congress by $103,000, which was the exact amount it cost to produce the braille edition of Playboy, subsequently leading to the discontinuation of the magazine. This would be later reversed by a 1986 ruling in federal district court from Judge Thomas Hogan, who ruled that Congress' actions were a violation of the first amendment. Production of the Playboy braille edition resumed in January 1987. [1]

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References

  1. "The Time Congress Banned the Braille Edition of Playboy". Mental Floss. October 1, 2018. Retrieved January 15, 2023.
Chalmers P. Wylie
Chalmers P. Wylie 97th Congress 1981.jpg
Member of the U.S.HouseofRepresentatives
from Ohio's 15th district
In office
January 3, 1967 January 3, 1993
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by Member of the  U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 15th congressional district

January 3, 1967 – January 3, 1993
Succeeded by
Preceded by Ranking Member of the House Banking, Finance and Urban Affairs Committee
1983–1993
Succeeded by