William McDaniel

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For the American academic leader (1861-1942), see William Roberts McDaniel.

William McDaniel (1801 – December 14, 1866) was a U.S. Representative from Missouri.



Born in Grayson County, Kentucky, McDaniel moved to Missouri in the late 1820s. He served as member of the State senate in 1838 and 1840. He served in the Missouri Volunteers during the Seminole War. McDaniel was elected president of the bank in Palmyra, Missouri, on December 9, 1840. McDaniel was elected as a Democrat to the Twenty-ninth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Sterling Price and served from December 7, 1846, to March 4, 1847. He was operating an agency for the location of land claims at Palmyra on June 10, 1847.


He moved to Solano County, California, and laid out the town of Vacaville. He moved to Humboldt County, California, and established the land office at Humboldt Point in 1858.


He moved to the Idaho Territory in 1863 where he practiced law and was associated with the land office. He died in Lewiston, Idaho, on December 14, 1866.


United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Sterling Price
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Missouri's at-large congressional district

Succeeded by
None (District dissolved)