(Theophilus) Wylie Mellette


(Theophilus) Wylie Mellette

Birth Date

16 May 1867

Death Date

25 October 1894


Professor (Mechanical Engineering)

Biographical Text

Theophilus Wylie Mellette, who went by “Wylie,” was born to Margaret Wylie and Arthur Mellette on 16 May 1867 in Muncie, Indiana, and moved with his family to the Dakota Territory when he was eleven years old. In 1891, Wylie and his brother Charlie were living together in Portland, Oregon, and both worked for the Union Pacific Railway. By 1893, Wylie had moved back to South Dakota and was teaching mechanical engineering at Dakota Agriculture College in Brookings. Tragically, while sick with typhoid fever, Wylie was thought to have entered a state of temporary insanity and died by suicide on 25 October 1894.


Muncie, IN


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“(Theophilus) Wylie Mellette,” Wylie House Exhibits, accessed May 19, 2024, https://collections.libraries.indiana.edu/wyliehouse/items/show/447.