William B. Calhoun

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William Barron Calhoun
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 8th district
In office
March 4, 1835 – March 3, 1843
Preceded by Isaac C. Bates
Succeeded by John Quincy Adams
5th Mayor of Springfield, Massachusetts[1]
In office
1859[1] – 1859[1]
Preceded by Ansel Phelps, Jr.
Succeeded by Daniel L Harris
28th President[1] of the
Massachusetts Senate[1]
In office
1846[1] – 1847[1]
Preceded by Levi Lincoln, Jr.
Succeeded by Zeno Scudder
10th Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth
In office
January 1848[2] – 1851[2]
Preceded by John G. Palfrey
Succeeded by Amasa Walker
Speaker of the
Massachusetts House of Representatives
In office
1828–1834
Preceded by William C. Jarvis
Succeeded by Julius Rockwell
Member of the
Massachusetts House of Representatives
In office
1825–1834
In office
1861[1] – 1861[1][2]
Personal details
Born December 29, 1796[1]
Died November 8, 1865 (aged 78)
Springfield, Massachusetts[2]
Political party Anti-Jacksonian, Whig
Spouse(s) Margaret Howard[2]

William Barron Calhoun (December 29, 1796 – November 8, 1865) was a U.S. Representative from Massachusetts.

Early life[edit]

Calhoun, the eldest child of Andrew Calhoun and Martha (Chamberlain) Calhoun,[3] was born on December 29, 1796 in Boston, Massachusetts.[3] Calhoun graduated from Yale College[2] in 1814.

After his graduation from Yale, Calhoun studied law, first in Concord, New Hampshire,[3] and later in Springfield, Massachusetts.[2] Calhoun was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Springfield.

Calhoun served as member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives 1825-1834, serving as speaker 1828-1834.[1]

Election to Congress[edit]

Calhoun was elected as an Anti-Jacksonian to the Twenty-fourth Congress and as a Whig to the three succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1835 – March 3, 1843). Calhoun served as chairman of the Committee on Private Land Claims (Twenty-sixth Congress). Calhoun was not a candidate for renomination in 1842.

Post Congressional career[edit]

In 1844 Calhoun was a Presidential Elector for Henry Clay.[2]

Calhoun served as member of the Massachusetts Senate in 1846 and 1847, serving as its president. He served as Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts 1848-1851 and State bank commissioner from 1853 to 1855. He served as mayor of Springfield, Massachusetts in 1859.[1] He was again a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives in 1861.[1]

Death and interment[edit]

Calhoun died in Springfield, Massachusetts, November 8, 1865, he was interred in Springfield Cemetery.

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Massachusetts House of Representatives
Preceded by
William C. Jarvis
Speaker of the Massachusetts House of Representatives
1828 — 1834
Succeeded by
Julius Rockwell
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Isaac C. Bates
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 8th congressional district

March 4, 1835 – March 3, 1843
Succeeded by
John Quincy Adams
Massachusetts Senate
Preceded by
Levi Lincoln, Jr.
29th President of the Massachusetts Senate
1846-1847
Succeeded by
Zeno Scudder
Political offices
Preceded by
John G. Palfrey
10th Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth
January 1848 – 1851
Succeeded by
Amasa Walker
Preceded by
Ansel Phelps, Jr.
5th Mayor of Springfield, Massachusetts
1859
Succeeded by
Daniel L Harris

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m Davis, William Thomas (1895), Bench and Bar of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Volume I, Boston, MA: The Boston History Company, p. 448. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Dexter, Franklin Bowditch (1912), Biographical Sketches of the Graduates of Yale College With Annals of the College History, Vol. VI September; 1805 - September; 1815, New Haven, Ct: Yale University Press, p. 629. 
  3. ^ a b c Dexter, Franklin Bowditch (1912), Biographical Sketches of the Graduates of Yale College With Annals of the College History, Vol. VI September; 1805 - September; 1815, New Haven, Ct: Yale University Press, p. 628. 

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