Senator Charles Wayland Brooks (R-IL.) was in office from 1941 to 1949. During World Wat I, Brooks served in the United States Marine Corps from 1917 to 1919 as a First Lieutenant. Years after his death in 1957 at age 59, his widow Mary Brooks later served as Director of the U. S. Mint under Presidents Nixon and Ford.
He was born in West Bureau, Illinois and during World War I Brooks served as a first lieutenant in the United States Marines from 1917 to 1919; while in combat he was wounded several times.
Wayland Brooks ran for Governor of Illinois in 1936 but was defeated by incumbent Democrat Henry Horner. In 1940 Brooks was elected to fill the senate vacancy caused by the death of J. Hamilton Lewis by a very narrow margin. Brooks was reelected in 1942 and ran for reelection in 1948 but was defeated by Democrat Paul Douglas. He died in Chicago, Illinois.