Politicians today have a bad reputation. Instead of serving their constituents, most politicians only serve themselves. However, William A. Wheeler, the 19th vice president under Rutherford B. Hayes, stands out from the rest.
While there is, and always has been, a debate about whether politicians should set their own salaries, William A. Wheeler was one of the few politicians who actively campaigned against it.
He believed in this so much that he even rejected a wage increase in 1873 after Congress passed highly controversial legislation some have called the “Wages Acquisition Act.”