William Wheeler (1851–1932) was an American civil engineer and educator.
The fourth of eight children, William was born in Concord, Massachusetts to Edwin and Mary (Rice) Wheeler.
He was the second-youngest member of the pioneer class of the Massachusetts Agricultural College (MAC). The summer between his junior and senior year, Wheeler worked for the town of Amherst as an engineer and as a surveyor for highway construction projects. He served as a substitute mathematics teacher for the college during the last semester of his senior year. He graduated second in his class in 1871, working for Massachusetts Central and other raiload companies for two years before starting his own firm.
Tenure in Japan
The Meiji Emperor, in his efforts to modernize Japan, "looked to MAC as a model for progressive agricultural education" and made contact with its president and Wheeler's former professor William S. Clark to help found Sapporo Agricultural College (SAC, n