West Virginia's 4th congressional district

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West Virginia's 4th congressional district is an obsolete district existing from 1883 to 1993. While the district's bounds were changed many times over the years, from the 1940 redistricting to the 1970 redistricting, the district was focused on Huntington and the industrial mill towns north of that city. In the 1970 redistricting, the district focused on Huntington and the rural coal producing areas of southwestern West Virginia. Today most of the last version of the old 4th District is the western half of the current 3rd District.

History[edit]

The Fourth District was formed in 1882. It originally consisted of Pleasants, Wood, Ritchie, Wirt, Calhoun, Jackson, Roane, Mason, Putnam, Cabell, Lincoln and Wayne counties. In 1902, Tyler Braxton, Gilmer, and Doddridge were added, while Putnam, Cabell, Lincoln and Wayne were removed. The district was totally reconstituted in 1916 as Tyler, Pleasants, Wood, Wirt, Jackson, Roane, Mason, Putnam, and Cabell counties. In 1934, Wayne and Lincoln were added. The district was unchanged for 1952. In 1962, Logan was added. In 1972, the district was totally reconstituted as Cabell, Logan, McDowell, Mercer, Mingo, Raleigh, Wayne and Wyoming counties. The district was abolished in the 1992 redistricting.

List of representatives[edit]

Representative Party Dates District Residence Notes
District created March 4, 1883
No image.svg Eustace Gibson Democratic March 4, 1883 – March 4, 1887
No image.svg Charles E. Hogg Democratic March 4, 1887 – March 4, 1889
No image.svg James M. Jackson Democratic March 4, 1889 – February 3, 1890 Lost contested election
No image.svg Charles B. Smith Republican February 3, 1890 – March 4, 1891 Won contested election
No image.svg James Capehart Democratic March 4, 1891 – March 4, 1895
Miller, Warren.jpg Warren Miller Republican March 4, 1895 – March 4, 1899
No image.svg Romeo H. Freer Republican March 4, 1899 – March 4, 1901
No image.svg James A. Hughes Republican March 4, 1901 – March 4, 1903
No image.svg Harry C. Woodyard Republican March 4, 1903 – March 4, 1911
No image.svg John M. Hamilton Democratic March 4, 1911 – March 4, 1913 Redistricted to the 5th district
No image.svg Hunter H. Moss, Jr. Republican March 4, 1913 – July 15, 1916 Died
Vacant July 15, 1916 – November 7, 1916
No image.svg Harry C. Woodyard Republican November 7, 1916 – March 4, 1923
George William Johnson crop.jpg George W. Johnson Democratic March 4, 1923 – March 4, 1925
No image.svg Harry C. Woodyard Republican March 4, 1925 – March 4, 1927
No image.svg James A. Hughes Republican March 4, 1927 – March 2, 1930 Died
Vacant March 2, 1930 – November 4, 1930
No image.svg Robert L. Hogg Republican November 4, 1930 – March 4, 1933
George William Johnson crop.jpg George W. Johnson Democratic March 4, 1933 – January 3, 1943
No image.svg Hubert S. Ellis Republican January 3, 1943 – January 3, 1949
No image.svg Maurice G. Burnside Democratic January 3, 1949 – January 3, 1953
U.S. Rep. Will E. Neal.jpg Will E. Neal Republican January 3, 1953 – January 3, 1955
No image.svg Maurice G. Burnside Democratic January 3, 1955 – January 3, 1957
U.S. Rep. Will E. Neal.jpg Will E. Neal Republican January 3, 1957 – January 3, 1959
Ken Hechler 2008.jpg Ken Hechler Democratic January 3, 1959 – January 3, 1977
Nick Rahall Official.jpg Nick Rahall Democratic January 3, 1977 – January 3, 1993 Redistricted to the 3rd district
District eliminated January 3, 1993

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