William B. Read

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William Brown Read
A man with black, curly hair and a mustache wearing a black jacket, vest, and tie and white shirt
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Kentucky's 4th district
In office
March 4, 1871 – March 3, 1875
Preceded by J. Proctor Knott
Succeeded by J. Proctor Knott
Member of the Kentucky House of Representatives
In office
Member of the Kentucky Senate
In office
Personal details
Born (1817-12-14)December 14, 1817
Hardin County, Kentucky, USA
Died August 5, 1880(1880-08-05) (aged 62)
Hodgenville, Kentucky, USA
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Sally Rawlings Kennedy Read
Profession Politician, Lawyer

William Brown Read (December 14, 1817 – August 5, 1880) was a 19th-century politician and lawyer from Kentucky.

Born in Hardin County, Kentucky, Read completed preparatory studies, studied law and was admitted to the bar, commencing practice in Hodgenville, Kentucky in 1849. He was a member of the Kentucky Senate from 1857 to 1865, was a delegate to both of the Democratic National Conventions in 1860 and was an unsuccessful candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky in 1863, losing to Richard T. Jacob. Read was again a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1864, was a member of the Kentucky House of Representatives from 1867 to 1869 and was elected a Democrat to the United States House of Representatives in 1870, serving from 1871 to 1875, being unsuccessful for renomination in 1874. Afterwards, he resumed practicing law until his death in Hodgenville, Kentucky on August 5, 1880. He was interned in Red Hill Cemetery in Hodgenville.

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
J. Proctor Knott
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Kentucky's 4th congressional district

March 4, 1871 – March 3, 1875
Succeeded by
J. Proctor Knott

 This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website http://bioguide.congress.gov.