Maclin C. Wheeler represented Brunswick County in the House of Delegates. Born into slavery, he may have received some education and learned to read and write. Working as a laborer he became interested in politics and joined the Readjuster Party. Elected in 1883 to a two-year term, he voted against a successful measure that allowed the controlled assembly to appoint all election officers and give them control over who could register and be allowed to vote. After his term Wheeler remained involved in party politics and was a committee member at a September 1886 convention of mostly African Americans to nominate a congressional district candidate. He owned land and such personal property as horses, cattle, hogs, and farm equipment. In 1899, Wheeler entered into a contract giving the Brunswick Lumber Company the right to harvest the timber on his property and the right to construct buildings and railways to haul the timber. In 1903 he was one of twenty-four men named to the petit jury pool for the federal district court’s spring term. Wheeler died in 1916.