Carl Wheeless was a historian, foreign service official, and college professor. He was from Anamosa, Iowa. Wheeless graduated from Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa in 1941 with a B.A. in history and political science. In 1948, he received an M.A. in political science from the University of Tennessee. In 1951, Wheeless won a Fulbright scholarship to study political science at Ankara University in Turkey. He received his Ph.D. from Georgetown University in 1957. Wheeless served as a foreign affairs analyst in the U.S. State Department and U.S. Navy Department in Washington, D.C. As a Methodist lay minister, he taught at Forman Christian College in Lahore, Pakistan from 1957 to 1970. In 1996, Wheeless published a book entitled, "Landmarks of American Presidents: A Traveler's Guide." He also wrote an autobiography titled, "Steps to the Goal and Beyond to the Calling." Carl Wheeless is married to the former Mary Headrick.
[Source: Printed materials in curatorial file for Carl Wheeless papers].