Wiley, Alexander(1884–1967) U.S. senator; born in Chippewa Falls, Wis. A lawyer, he was elected to the U.S. Senate (Rep., Wis.; 1939–63), where he rose to chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the Judiciary Committee. He was a sponsor of the GI Bill. Originally an isolationist, he embraced internationalist policies after World War II, supporting foreign aid, the United Nations, and disarmament.
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